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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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Animation: The Biggest Tech Companies by Market Cap Over 23 Years

In business, the only constant is change – and for tech companies, this is even more true. Here are the biggest tech companies over 23 years.

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The business world is certainly not a static one.

In the past, we’ve shown that the market leaders in the most stable industries are unlikely to keep their leadership positions over long periods of time.

But limit your window to just the dynamic world of tech and you’ll see an even more extreme example of this inherent volatility. Sometimes companies are able to separate from the rest of the pack for days or months, but it’s never an advantage that lasts for long.

Biggest Tech Companies by Market Cap

Today’s animation was originally posted to Reddit by /r/TheNerdistRedditor and captures the crazy world of tech valuations for public companies.

Watch the intense 1 minute animation below:


Note: the data here only lists companies traded on U.S. exchanges, and does not show every single valuation point.

Over just 23 years, the company topping the list flips eight separate times – and if you were to get more granular with the numbers (looking at daily valuations, for example), you’d see it happen far more often.

Today’s Market Cap Leaders

As we noted above, company valuations are constantly changing – and back in early September 2018, both Apple and Amazon even topped the $1 trillion milestone for a short period of time.

Using the same criteria as the above animation, which is based on U.S. listed companies, here are the top 10 tech companies based on data at time of publication:

RankCompanyTicker(s)Market Cap (March 18, 2019)
#1MicrosoftMSFT$902 billion
#2AppleAAPL$887 billion
#3AmazonAMZN$856 billion
#4AlphabetGOOG, GOOGL$824 billion
#5AlibabaBABA$471 billion
#6FacebookFB$458 billion
#7IntelINTC$243 billion
#8CiscoCSCO$236 billion
#9OracleORCL$192 billion
#10NetflixNFLX$159 billion

Based on March 18, 2019 data

This is not a comprehensive list globally, as it misses companies like Tencent which are listed on other exchanges such as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Based on recent HKD/USD conversion rates, it’s estimated that Tencent would be roughly worth $450 billion today – good enough for 7th on the list.

Regardless, since change is the only constant in the tech world, it’s fair to say that the above list of the biggest tech companies will likely be much different in just a few months time.

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Which Countries Are Set to Attract the Highest Skilled Workers from Abroad?

The world’s most innovative companies want to get the best talent at any cost. See whether their home countries are helping or hurting their odds.

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For the world’s most innovative companies, the stated goal of attracting top talent is not simply an HR mantra – it’s a matter of survival.

Whether we’re talking about a giant like Google that is constantly searching to add world-class engineers or we’re talking about a startup that needs a visionary to shape products of the future, innovative companies require access to high-skilled workers to stay ahead of their competition.

The Global Search for Talent

There’s no doubt that top companies will go out of their way to bring in highly-skilled workers, even if they must look internationally to find the best of the best.

However, part of this recruitment process is not necessarily under their control. The reality is that countries themselves have different policies that affect how easy it is to attract people, educate and develop them, and retain the best workers – and these factors can either empower or undermine talent recruitment efforts.

Today’s infographic comes from KDM Engineering, and it breaks down the top 25 countries in attracting high-skilled workers.

Which Countries Are Set to Attract the Highest Skilled Workers from Abroad?

If attracting the best people isn’t hard enough, there is another factor that can complicate things: the best people are sometimes not found locally or even nationally.

For top companies, recruitment is a global game – and it’s partially driven by the policies of governments as well as the quality of life within their countries’ borders.

Top Countries for Attracting High-Skilled Workers

Using data from the United Nations and the Global Talent Competitive Index, here are the top 10 countries that are the best at attracting and retaining highly-skilled workers.

They are ordered by overall rank, but their sub-category ranks are also displayed:

Overall RankCountryEnableAttractGrowRetainMigrants
#1🇨🇭 Switzerland#2#5#5#12,438,702
#2🇸🇬 Singapore#1#1#13#72,543,638
#3🇬🇧 United Kingdom#8#11#7#58,543,120
#4🇺🇸 United States#11#16#2#846,627,102
#5🇸🇪 Sweden#9#13#8#41,639,771
#6🇦🇺 Australia#17#6#9#146,763,663
#7🇱🇺 Luxembourg#21#2#17#3249,325
#8🇩🇰 Denmark#3#15#3#15572,520
#9🇫🇮 Finland#6#21#4#9315,881
#10🇳🇴 Norway#13#14#10#2741,813

The subcategory ranks are defined as follows:

  • Enable: Status of regulatory and market landscapes in country
  • Attract: Ability to attract companies and people with needed competencies
  • Grow: Ability to offer high-quality education, apprenticeships, and training
  • Retain: Indicates quality of life in country

According to the data, Switzerland (#1) and Singapore (#2) are the two best countries for attaining and keeping high-skilled workers.

While the regulatory environments in both of these countries are well-known by reputation, perhaps what’s more surprising is that Singapore scores the #1 rank in the “Attract” subcategory, while Switzerland is the #1 country for retaining talent based on quality of life.

Another data point that stands out?

The United States has a higher total migrant population (46.6 million) than all of the countries on the top 10 list combined. Not surprisingly, the massive U.S. economy also has a high ranking in the “Grow” category, which represents available opportunities to bring high-skilled workers to the next level through education and training.

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