'Space tour guide' could be your future career

New jobs including a human body designer and a tour guide for space trips could become commonplace in the future as technology transforms the world of work, a new report predicts.

The study by Microsoft and consultancy firm The Future Laboratory found that the next decade could bring about the advent of a number of entirely new career paths.

It also found that only a third of university students believe their chosen career will exist in 10 years' time.

Jobs in virtual reality design, robotic engineering and visual communications will be among the jobs of the future, it was predicted.

The US Department of Labor has said around 65 per cent of American school pupils will enter careers that don’t even exist yet, as robotics and artificial intelligence move into the mainstream.

Steve Tooze of The Future Laboratory said: "Technological change, economic turbulence and societal transformation are disrupting old career certainties, making it increasingly difficult to judge which degrees and qualifications will remain a passport to a well-paid and fulfilling job in the decades ahead.

"In the next decade, a technological revolution, essentially a second industrial revolution, will open up inspiring and exciting new career opportunities in sectors of the economy that are only in their infancy today. The trick for graduates is predicting what those new jobs will be."

Ryan Asdourian of Microsoft said: "While these jobs may seem like the realms of science fiction, in reality they are indicative of changes that we are already seeing today.

"At Microsoft, on a daily basis, our devices are being used by creatives at the forefront of their industries developing new ways to work, collaborate and create."

These new careers could plug the gap due to rapid decline of traditional roles, as robots and automation increasingly endanger the jobs of millions of employees.

More than half of workers in five South-east Asian countries, which amounts to 137 million people, will be at risk over the next two decades according to a recent study from the International Labour Organisation. 

The Swiss recently voted on a plan to guarantee basic income for all its citizens due to fears that jobs could be hard to come by in the future because of increasing automation. 

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