Five jobs that didn’t exist five years ago

20.08.2020 | Author: Julia Mengeler | Photo: Zukunftsvision von Mercedes‑Benz Group AG, PIONEERING NeXt. Visual© xoio GmbH

A metropolitan utopia with a skyline in the background. In the foreground there are people, drones, machines and cars on the streets.

Future Vision of Daimler AG, PIONEERING NeXt. Visual© xoio GmbH.

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Anyone thinking about changing careers right now has some great options to consider. Companies are breaking away from traditional hierarchies and departmental structures and creating new, interdisciplinary fields of work. A patchwork CV is no longer considered problematic, but instead represents a versatile range of skills. Personnel departments no longer wait for suitable job seekers to contact them, but proactively approach their desired candidates. Perhaps the most interesting development is the new professions that are emerging as a result of digitalization and other new technologies. These often bring together technical and communication-based aspects – in other words, characteristics that have traditionally been attributed to either men or women. As a result, this new type of job could finally do away with the idea of gender-specific professions (as in, boys who want to be firemen and girls who want to be nurses). So if you want to work in an environment free of gender stereotypes, you might want to consider these five professions:

Augmented Reality App Developer

Take a look at any job portal and you’ll find that augmented reality (AR) is booming. AR solution architects, AR software engineers, and AR specialists of all kinds are in demand. The potential is particularly tempting for commerce: virtual objects are projected into the actual environment via smartphone cameras, a so-called “phygital experience” in which analog and virtual layers come together. In this field, anyone with a passion for coding, a capacity for spatial imagination, and the ability to identify the needs of consumers can show that programming has nothing to do with male or female skills – but simply the desire to create new worlds.

Chief Listening Officer (CLO)

Ever since the emergence of social media, a large part of humanity has had the opportunity to express themselves to the public. Globally, there are more than 500 million tweets and roughly 150 billion Facebook comments per day, along with “fake news,” advertisements, and influencers all talking at once, but very few of them actually have anything to say. This is where the Chief Listening Officer (CLO) comes in. Their task: to be able to “hear” and discern how users think about a brand from the vast amount of background noise on the internet. It’s not enough to simply collect data and filter by keywords. After all, it’s the sound that makes the music, which is why statements must be evaluated in their respective context and their tonality must be considered. This requires a good mixture of analytical and communicative intelligence, strategic thinking, and emotional persuasiveness to prepare your company to face the sometimes less-than-favourable statements from users.

Automotive technician for self-driving cars

Developments in the area of automated driving are perhaps creating one of the most attractive professional fields for multi-talented individuals. For anyone who still hasn’t found their calling, whether it’s because so many professions seem so fascinating or that none of them feels like the right fit, this may be the perfect solution. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, computer vision – these are all areas of this field that require technical understanding, and abstract thinking, as well as a high degree of sensitivity and a feel for the human factor. It’s also a particularly attractive field for women, because they can help balance out the user scenarios, which are more likely to centre on men than women as a result of male-dominated development teams.

By the way: In the USA, Mercedes-Benz has been offering a training programme in cooperation with the online academy Udacity for several years. To take part, you need professional qualifications as a software developer.

Commercial drone pilot

For anyone who failed the eye exam for their pilot’s license, is afraid of flying, or wants to have a job in the air without actually leaving the ground, a career as a commercial drone pilot is a great alternative. The future is assured, as there are already more drones than airplanes in the world. However, drones are not for the timid, since they can be sent on missions that are not necessarily positive. Drones spy on military operations as much as they do on celebrities in their fenced-in gardens. But they also transport goods to remote areas, help to survey the world anew, and inspire new mobility concepts. Controlling them requires technical understanding, resilience under stress, and a strong sense of orientation – the perfect job for women who know where they’re headed.

User Experience (UX) Designer

Anyone designing websites, apps, or other digital worlds that users will need to navigate must be able to put themselves in other people’s shoes and imagine an application from the user’s perspective. In fact, “user centricity” is a current buzzword in marketing and communication. Thinking about others rather than yourself is a classic female stereotype, but as a UX Designer you contribute significantly to the success of products and services – and ultimately to your own.

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