The amount of jobs available today that didn’t exist 30 years ago is almost overwhelming. And as technology improves, these jobs will only become more abundant. With the digital economy in full swing, businesses are also changing how they function. If you’re interested in emerging jobs of the future, you’ve come to the right place.
Many jobs today are facing extinction, so it might be time to consider a new career. Keep reading to find out about jobs that are new to the market and think about training to acquire new, in-demand skills now.
Average base pay: $51,057
Among emerging media and communication jobs, podcast producer is an up-and-comer. Internet-hosted audio shows began in the 1980s but didn’t become what we know as podcasting until 2004. Today, podcasts are hot — and as a podcast producer, you’d likely serve as a technical director and administrator. Requirements for this position include overseeing production, scheduling, researching guests, editing and directing.
Social Media Manager
Average base pay: $59,965
If you’re creative, this job could be for you. You’ll be running your employer’s social media accounts, cultivating leads and sales, developing an online reputation and brand awareness for the company, generating inbound web traffic and handling search engine optimization, managing content and setting goals.
Average base pay: $60,063
If you’re looking for a job, there are plenty in this field. As an SEO analyst, you’ll concentrate on search engine parameters and keyword optimization, but you’ll also conduct website analysis, generate content, manage clients and use your IT skills. In addition, you might act as a link builder as more search engines adopt backlinking for their search algorithms.
Average base pay: $63,727
Application designers create engaging interactions and visual designs for mobile applications and help in the development process from cradle to grave. In addition, you would need to solve design problems and remain abreast of all trends in the mobile design field.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Average base pay: $71,127
A digital marketing specialist typically develops an online company’s marketing strategy using email marketing, social media, web analytics and search engine optimization techniques. You will also launch email campaigns and promotions, as well as conduct consumer research — and do anything and everything it takes to sell products or brands.
Artificial Intelligence Programmer
Average base pay: $75,402
In short, an artificial intelligence programmer develops operating software that companies can use for robots, AI programs and AI applications. You’ll work with robotics or electrical engineers to create systems using AI. If you use a computer, then you likely experience the results of the work of these programmers every day — for example, AI programmers can actually help search engines decide what information someone is really looking for, even if he or she has made typos.
Data Mining Analyst
Average base pay: $76,666
Data mining analysts use software to conduct data analysis and mining, research, relationship modeling and computational analysis. You’ll also identify and analyze data summaries, trends and visualizations. Other tasks include using statistical techniques to create predictive models and algorithms and defining metrics with business owners.
Big Data Analyst
Average base pay: $83,878
Big data analysts use data analytics and customer relationship management to assess — and provide recommendations for improvements — a company’s technical performance. You might deal with issues such as live data and data migrations and streaming. Other tasks include creating solutions for real-time distributed data processing and determining trends in data sets.
Average base pay: $86,529
Companies use drone pilots for everything from making 3-D building models to gathering thermal images. In addition, all types of fields employ drone experts, including real estate, insurance, agriculture, transportation and more. Although actual job duties will vary by industry, you’ll be flying missions and uploading assets. How fun would that be?
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Content Marketing Manager
Average base pay: $93,125
If you love to write copy, consider a career as a content marketing manager. Content marketing managers promote businesses via stories and content. Not only will you need to be a skilled content writer, but you’ll also need to find the best ways to use that content to build a business.
Automated Driving Engineer
Average base pay: $95,674
Automated driving engineers create driving features for autonomous cars. They work with scrum and vehicle integration teams to deliver customers this functionality. In addition, you’ll describe system architecture and requirements and conduct bench and vehicle testing.
Mobile App Developer
Average base pay: $102,986
There are plenty of emerging technology jobs that pay well, and mobile app developers are one them. These developers are high in demand as they help build, optimize and maintain apps for Android, iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms. You’ll develop application programming interfaces designed to support mobile performance and design solutions for clients’ requirements.
Employer Brand Manager
Average base pay: $113,677
Employer brand managers promote their employers’ images — through various communication formats — to attract new hires and retain existing ones. Part HR rep, part marketing guru, as an employer brand manager, you’ll put your creative side to good use while you oversee the company’s presence on various social media platforms.
Machine Learning Engineer
Average base pay: $114,826
Machine learning engineers are computer programmers — with a twist. They focus on creating programs that enable machines to make decisions autonomously. Think self-driving cars, for instance. Machine learning engineers are on the cutting edge of technology, contributing to how we use it in our daily lives.
Average base pay: $122,419
As machine learning makes it into the mainstream IT industry, artificial intelligence engineers come into play. As one, you’ll use tools and algorithms to help move the artificial intelligence industry forward. You can work in this field in a number of industries, including retail, healthcare and public planning.
Average base pay: $128,022
A developer evangelist is a “spokesperson, mediator and translator between a company and both its technical staff and outside developers,” according to the Developer Evangelist Handbook. Distilled, you’ll be great at this job if you like to explain technology to people — and gain their support for a product or service via doing it.
Data Science Manager
Average base pay: $128,338
Data science managers direct teams of data scientists tasked with creating and executing applications and solutions for clients. They work on big data and analytic services and drive developments designed to advance them. In addition, data science managers assess new data sources and approaches to ensure their validity.
Average base pay: $139,840
Simply put, data scientists create value out of data. They use various sources to gather information and use that info to determine how the business is performing — and to also create AI tools to automate processes when possible. As a data scientist, you might be, part software engineer, part scientist and part hacker, which means there’s a wide range of jobs and possibilities within the industry.
Average base pay: $142,141
Cloud architects supervise companies’ cloud computing systems. These IT experts work on cloud approval plans, cloud application designs and systems that are necessary to manage cloud storage. These professionals also identify and respond to technical issues and monitor cloud privacy within a company.
Average base pay: $214,315
Looking for a high-paying job in your state? This could be it. Telemedicine physicians actually treat patients via phone calls and online video chats. They deal with non-emergency situations, such as the flu or ear infections. These physicians might also help patients with chronic health issues. This type of care is less expensive — and more efficient — for patients than going into a doctor’s office, and you can typically work your own hours.
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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed jobs that have emerged within the last five, 10 and/or 15 years, along with their average base pay, in order to determine which will make you the most money, sourced from Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter and Payscale. The list of jobs was compiled from reports by Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Digital Marketing Institute.