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Top 20 jobs that never existed in 2000

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Discover the top 20 jobs that never existed in 2000

At a networking event this week, I got talking with a business about ChatGPT and AI, a hot topic at the moment.

AI could easily become the next industrial revolution for our planet as we start to develop a huge range of uses for AI. This week I’ve seen amazingly creative artwork produced on Ai, tantalising copy crafted with ChatGPT, right through to Ai-based web design tools. 

The opportunities for business owners are endless, even more, so the eyes open entrepreneurs.

Having lived through the computer age, my own experiences of schooling in IT were poor, I had to self-learn as it was exciting and new, and most of all teachers neither had funding for nor the experience of the emerging technologies. 

I remember when an early Pentium laptop, the Compaq Armada had a price tag of around £4000… there was no chance of 30 laptops in a class in the 90s!

The past two decades have witnessed remarkable advancements in technology, globalization, and the emergence of new industries, all of which have contributed to the creation of numerous jobs that did not exist in the year 2000. 

With the proliferation of smartphones, social media, and cloud computing, a wide range of new career opportunities has emerged. 

The Top 20 jobs that never existed in 2000

So I’ve created a list of 20 jobs that have come into existence in the 21st century.

Are you doing a job that never existed in 2000?

  1. Social Media Manager – This job requires managing a company’s social media accounts and developing strategies to increase engagement and brand visibility on social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist – As online search has become the primary method for finding information, businesses now hire SEO specialists to optimize their website content and increase its visibility on search engines like Google.
  3. App Developer – With the increasing popularity of smartphones and mobile applications, app developers create and design mobile applications for various devices and operating systems.
  4. Data Scientist – With the vast amounts of data generated by businesses, data scientists analyze complex data sets to identify patterns and trends, enabling organizations to make informed decisions.
  5. Digital Marketing Manager – This job involves managing a company’s online marketing strategy, including email campaigns, social media, and digital advertising.
  6. Cloud Computing Engineer – With the rise of cloud computing, companies now require cloud computing engineers to develop, design, and manage cloud infrastructure, including servers, networks, and storage.
  7. Virtual Event Coordinator – With the rise of virtual events, companies now hire virtual event coordinators to plan, organize, and execute online events, including conferences, webinars, and product launches.
  8. Cybersecurity Analyst – With the increased reliance on technology and online systems, cybersecurity analysts protect companies from cyber threats and develop strategies to improve security measures.
  9. Influencer Marketing Manager – With the rise of social media influencers, companies now hire influencer marketing managers to identify, collaborate with, and manage influencers to promote their brand.
  10. Virtual Assistant – With the rise of remote work, virtual assistants provide administrative, technical, and creative support to businesses and individuals, including managing emails, scheduling appointments, and conducting research.
  11. E-commerce Specialist – As e-commerce has become more prevalent, businesses now hire e-commerce specialists to manage their online stores, including product listings, inventory management, and order processing.
  12. Podcast Producer – With the rise of podcasting, podcast producers manage the production, editing, and distribution of podcasts, including coordinating guests, developing content, and marketing the show.
  13. UX Designer – With the increasing importance of user experience in technology and digital products, UX designers design and develop user-centered interfaces and experiences for websites and applications.
  14. Chief Listening Officer – As companies seek to better understand their customers’ needs and preferences, chief listening officers collect and analyze customer feedback, develop insights, and communicate the findings to senior management.
  15. 3D Printing Engineer – With the advancements in 3D printing technology, 3D printing engineers design and develop 3D printing products, including prototypes and custom parts.
  16. Social Media Influencer – With the rise of social media, individuals with large followings on platforms like Instagram and YouTube now earn a living through sponsored posts and endorsements.
  17. Big Data Analyst – With the increasing amount of data generated by businesses, big data analysts analyze large data sets to extract insights and inform business decisions.
  18. Drone Operator – With the rise of drone technology, drone operators fly drones to capture aerial footage and data for various purposes, including drone photography, filmmaking, surveying, and mapping.
  19. Virtual Reality Developer – With the increasing adoption of virtual reality, virtual reality developers design and develop immersive digital experiences for various industries, including gaming, education, and healthcare.
  20. Artificial Intelligence Specialist – An artificial intelligence specialist is a professional who specializes in designing and developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Their primary responsibility is to create intelligent machines that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as recognizing speech, images, or patterns, making decisions, and solving problems.

If we subscribe to the ideas of Moore’s Law – that technology processing speeds double every 18 months – then it’s clear that the technology my toddler will be learning about in college hasn’t been developed yet, let alone been used and experienced by her future teachers (who probably haven’t even left school yet!)

Artificial intelligence (Ai) is rapidly transforming the world we live in, and it presents significant opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

As Ai technology advances, it is essential to look for opportunities to develop and apply this technology to a wide range of sectors. Ai has the potential to revolutionise industries, from healthcare to finance and beyond, creating opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs and businesses.

Moreover, the development of Ai technology will create a new wave of jobs that require specialist expertise from data scientists and machine learning engineers to AI researchers.

Getting ahead of the competition allows entrepreneurs to use create new products, gain greater knowledge from data and research, but most of all innovate and move faster than ever before.

We are already seeing opportunities for businesses to streamline and optimise their processes, improve customer experiences and drive growth through the use of Ai tools.

So whilst we’ve looked at 20 jobs that never existed in 2000, the challenge is, what 20 jobs are we going to create in the next decade?

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Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan is a business coach and marketing specialist who works with businesses to help them crack the rhythmic acquisition of customers. His implementation of the Entrepreneurs Marketing & Sales System into businesses boosts revenue and markedly improves profit.

Jamie is an EC Certified Business Coach, Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.