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5 jobs that didn't exist 10 years ago

A lot has changed in the last ten years as technology created careers and degrees which didn’t exist ten years ago. We investigate the changes here.

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Some people know exactly what type of career they want after university, while others have absolutely no idea. Neither option is right or wrong. Choosing a degree at university level can be more straightforward if you know which qualifications you need for a specific profession. However, new roles are constantly being created so it can be hard to predict what you’ll be doing in the future. That’s why we’ve taken a look at five careers that didn’t exist ten years ago to get you feeling inspired.

 

1. Podcast production

While podcasts have been around for more than ten years, with their inception tracing back to 2004, it is argued that podcasts ‘took off’ in recent years. In fact, google searches of the word ‘podcast’ rose from 2,750 in 2004 to 100,000,000 in 2015. Popularity grew particularly in the U.S. with podcasts like ‘Serial’ and ‘This American Life’ gaining much attention.

 

 

There are currently 850,000 active podcasts in the world and 30 million episodes sharing news, comedy and stories to an international audience. Behind every podcast is a team of people in roles such as producers, audio engineers, editors, hosts and even advertising executives. Relevant degrees include journalism, marketing, advertising, film and television. This is a creative industry with forecasts for growth and plenty of opportunities.

 

Find out more about media degrees and the other routes you could take.

 

2. Genetic counsellor

Wouldn’t it be great if we could predict which diseases and conditions we might be prone to? Well, we can. Although genetic counsellors did exist ten years ago, the scope of analysis and sophistication of the methods used have evolved massively since then. Constant breakthroughs in research make this profession a continually developing area of medicine that is expected to develop even further. So, what exactly does this career involve? A genetic counsellor explains complex genetic test results to patients, helping them to understand any inherited conditions that might need treatment. This medical advice can help people catch conditions early, therefore saving lives.

 

To enter into the field of genomic medicine, you first need a bachelor’s degree in a science related field, such as biology, before going onto a master’s degree in genetic counselling.

 

3. Instagram influencer

Perhaps not a career you’ve considered or even thought possible, but one that can’t be ignored in this list. While not everyone agrees with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner earning USD 1 million per post, Instagram has also become a space for everyday people to earn a living. Launching in 2010, Instagram is now owned by Facebook and attracts one billion users each month, making it one of the most popular social networks in the world.

 

According to Fox business, a micro influencer can earn anywhere between USD 20,000-100,000 per year for promotional purposes. Of course, this depends on the outreach and following they have, but there are opportunities to earn money and promote a business via Instagram.

 

 

Although maybe not perceived as a straightforward or dependable profession, its popularity does reflect the importance of this platform for brands and companies. Most courses in marketing or business would now consider Instagram in their syllabus as this has proven to be a successful medium to interact with different audiences. For example, you can now study an MSc in Digital and Social Media Marketing at the University of Plymouth in the UK where you’ll look at the relationship between social media and marketing.  

 

4. Social media executive

Ten years ago, social media was in its early stages. Now, social media usage is one of the most popular forms of online activity (Statisa 2020). In 2010, Facebook had 400 million users. Nine years later, the network has 2.45 billion monthly users. This growth reflects the new demand for social media executives to help brands to reach different audiences, post relevant content and form online communities.

 

In this position, you can expect to manage social media accounts, create infographics, edit images and design posts which align with business goals. These responsibilities may once have been added to the workload of existing employees, however, with increasing demand for a consistent presence on social media, companies now see the need for one person or even a whole team to manage this area.

 

Interested in this type of work? Start browsing media courses.

 

5. App developers

In 2008, Apple released 500 apps which received over ten million downloads in just a few days. Now apps are commonplace in many of our daily lives. This might be for entertainment such as games or for practical purposes like banking and exercise. Apps have transformed the way we use information, saving us time and creating a smooth and sophisticated experience. This wouldn’t be the case without dedicated app developers.

 

 

These professionals use code to create apps, working with app designers and user experience teams. Most app developers will need to have a background in computer science with specializations often required at master’s level. With such a rapid demand for apps, there’s no telling where this sector could go, and which jobs might surface in the next ten years.

 

There are a huge variety of possible career paths available to you, more so than ever before. If you didn’t find what you were looking for here, you can use our course matcher tool to find a suitable programme and university, based on your preferences, that could lead you to your dream job.

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