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The Most Popular Jobs in a Decade

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Are you a job seeker looking to play a very ambitious long game?

While the automation potential of many jobs today is undoubtedly high, we also know that technology is going to create many new positions that we never could have imagined.

Instead of fighting automation, the enterprising job seeker should consider being on the cutting edge by entering a field that is only just now emerging.

Popular Jobs in a Decade

Today’s infographic from Futurism shows just some of the jobs that may be very popular ten years from now.

The Most Popular Jobs in a Decade

Technology destroys jobs, but it also creates jobs.

Many of the most interesting jobs in a decade from now relate to emerging technology trends: virtual reality, cybersecurity, the internet of things, vertical farming, big data, and more.

Here’s descriptions of just some of these roles:

Neuro-Implant Technicians: Dealing with brains is serious stuff, but working to insert implants is another level of complexity. We will not only need brain surgeons and people that can augment brains with technology, but we’ll also need people that can do backups of brain data as well as people that can interpret such data in real-time.

Smart Home Handyperson: The smart home is a megatrend that will affect everything from your refrigerator to home security. We’ll need people who can connect these things together so that they work in unison.

VR Experience Designer: Navigating virtual reality is going to be a challenge, and no one has really figured out how that’s going to work. We’ll need UX designers that can make this palatable for the average person, making VR accessible to everyone.

Freelance Professors: Higher education as we know it is slowly dying. Professors in search of academic freedom are already leaving established universities to teach on a solo basis, and technology enables them to reach the masses. American historian Thaddeus Russell is a perfect example of this trend, establishing Renegade University to offer tuition at a fraction of the price.

Urban Farmers: People want fresh food closer to them, and vertical farming is expected to gain momentum in the near future. We’ll need people that can teach the ways of vertical farming to new operations that emerge.

Terabyters: You think big data is big now? In the near future, we will be capturing insane amounts of information through sensors, cameras, and other apparatuses. This will require special equipment and know-how.

Nano-Medics: Technology has allowed us to dive deeper and deeper into the fundamentals of the human body. The most basic level is the cellular level, and we will soon have the ability to address concerns within this microscopic landscape. Nano-medics, essentially doctors that can diagnose symptoms, design treatments, and implement nanotechnology at a cellular level, will be needed.

3D Printing Engineers: The next wave of 3D printing technology will require engineers that can oversee and operate computerized plants that print everything from custom concept cars to biomaterials.

Elevated Tube Transport Engineers: Vacuum tubes with maglev tracks will be the future’s trains. We will need people that understand how to solve problems that routinely occur with this emerging technology.

Personal Health Coach: As the quantified self trend meets the cloud, we will seek professionals that can look and interact with our health data. They will provide us personalized solutions to make our lives better.

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What Laptop Brands do Americans Use in 2024?

Statista surveyed nearly 7,000 American adults aged 18–64 asking them what laptop brands were in their households. These are the results.

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A cropped chart with the market share of commonly used laptop brands in the U.S., per Statista survey data current up to March, 2024.

What Laptop Brands do Americans Use in 2024?

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We chart the market share of commonly used laptop brands in the U.S., per Statista survey data. Multiple responses were allowed, and percentages do not sum to 100.

ℹ️ Survey details: Between April, 2023 and March 2024, 6,843 American adults aged 18–64 were asked: “What brands are the laptops in your households?” The “don’t know” responses have not been visualized.

The U.S. Laptop Market Landscape

HP emerges as the preferred choice for laptops, present in 32% of surveyed households.

Meanwhile, Apple’s dominance in America’s smartphone segment isn’t quite matched in the laptop market with their Macbooks, trailing HP at 28% of households.

Here’s the full survey data.

BrandShare of Respondents
HP32%
Apple28%
Dell24%
Acer14%
Lenovo12%
Samsung12%
Microsoft10%
ASUS9%
Toshiba5%
Alienware4%
DigitalStorm2%
Falcon Northwest2%
Huawei2%
MSI2%
Vaio1%
Other6%
Don't know2%

Note: DigitalStorm, Falcon Northwest, Huawei, MSI, and Vaio’s share of respondents were combined into the “Other” category in the graphic. “Don’t know” responses were not visualized.

Another well-known manufacturer, Dell, comes in at 24%, rounding out the top three by household share.

Other big laptop brands, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, and Microsoft all range between 10–15% of surveyed households.

For a broader picture, market research firm, Technavio, predicts a 3.2% combined average growth rate for the global laptop market from 2024–28. A lion’s share of that growth (42%) is expected to come from North America. Rising popularity of gaming laptops will be a key tailwind.

Interestingly, thanks to their graphics processing units, gaming laptops are also in demand for AI/machine-learning work. Some companies have already started releasing models catering to this specific audience.

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