Four Job Titles of the Future

Traceability manager

Traceability manager

Say 'jobs of the future' and people conjure up images of space tourist operators and avatar managers. Future Savvy author Adam Gordon created a list that has some worrying niches (organ agents to mediate between donors and recipients is one), but there are some ideas that sound realistic. Here are four.

We have been toying with the idea of carbon credits for a while but with escalating global warming, it's likely that carbon credits will become a vital currency and so will the traceability manager's job. Part detective, part risk manager, the job would mean examining global supply chains to check for suppliers that might be carbon-costly to your company.

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Four Job Titles of the Future

Virtual lawyer

Virtual lawyer

Despite attempts to regulate the internet, global variations in regulation mean that you could be inadvertently breaking a law just by publishing something on the Web. Online gambling pioneer Betfair already invests heavily to ensure it's on top of local gambling laws in all its world markets. But as more and more of our daily life goes online, individuals as well as organisations will look to specialist lawyers to resolve those international legal disputes.

Four Job Titles of the Future

LocaPreneur

LocaPreneur

Globalisation is here to stay, but there's a concurrent trend towards localisation. Be it news or food, relevance and imminence are what matter. So there will be more people starting local banks, making local cosmetics or soft drinks, starting little businesses that are able to compete head-to-head with the big corporations that few trust. The challenge will be keeping costs competitive.

Four Job Titles of the Future

Online Clutter Organisers

Online Clutter Organisers

Many of us flit across social media sites trying to remember our LinkedIn login, Facebook password, Twitter name and Gmail log-in, not to mention our online banking details. This creates a job opportunity for clutter managers, who would help us manage our electronic lives - a sort of Web PA. They could look after our email, make sure our data are stored properly and manage our electronic passwords and profiles.

Four Job Titles of the Future

Waste data handler

Waste data handler

Do you know where your personal data is stored - in how many companies and public sector departments? Private clouds may offer some protection, but Gordon foresees a need for waste data handlers to securely dispose of sensitive material (online and off) and erase traces of those who don't want to be tracked.