The way we work – and the kind of job titles we see advertised – will be very different in 20 years’ time, if predictions by leading futurologists are anything to go by. Fancy becoming a Virtual Architect or a Digital Life Assistant? Read on for our top 10 job predictions.

Virtual Architect/Avatar Designer
Ian Pearson, futurologist and author of You Tomorrow, predicts a big growth in opportunities in the augmented reality sector in 20 years’ time.

“Virtual architects will design holograms for people and buildings using computer-generated images – turning a person into an avatar and over-laying shop fronts with an image to suit the brand. A tropical rainforest, a medieval castle, another planet, anything is possible.”

Human-machine Disputes Manager
“In the future many of our interactions with companies and machines will only be available via the machines themselves or via the internet, email (automatically generated) or avatars or robots,” says Richard. “When the computer says No we’re going to need dispute managers to step in and resolve the case.”

3D Craftsperson
According to futurologist Ian Pearson, we’re likely to see a new renaissance in arts and crafts thanks to advances in 3D printing. “New technology will allow people to make art objects that they don’t have the skills to actually sculpt. We’ll need more designers too, thanks to the ability of new materials to let almost any surface become an electronic display surface.”

Digital Life Manager
The internet has revolutionized the world in the last 20 years but the advances we’ve seen are just the beginning. As more information and services are put online, it’s likely that we’ll need to employ assistants to manage our virtual worlds. “Digital life assistants will be needed to design, coordinate, and maintain all our online stuff,” says Ian Pearson.

Cyber Security Officer
Internet hackers aren’t just the stuff of TV and movie shows. With more of the world’s sensitive information and vital services being controlled digitally (like water, nuclear energy aerospace and banking), there will be increasing demand for cyber security officers to protect it from hackers and online terrorists.