What the experts are saying is true – the highest demand jobs of the future will be in STEM fields! Not all STEM fields are created equal, however; as it turns out, the majority of high-paying STEM jobs are in computing. This is great news for you and your young Tynkerer, who’s getting a head-start on computing skills and principles! So what are some of these tech jobs that are on the table for your child – and more importantly, which are the jobs they’ll get excited about? We’ve outlined six of the coolest tech jobs of the future, because it’s never too early to get inspired!
1. Blockchain engineer
If you’re following the ascent of cryptocurrency, you’ve probably heard of bitcoin – but do you have any idea about the technology behind the digital currency? The blockchain, the core tech behind bitcoin, has the potential to be applied to everything from ID cards to trading platforms. While the tech behind blockchains isn’t necessarily difficult to understand, it’s niche enough that finding good blockchain engineers is proving difficult for employers. For those willing to put in the time to learn the necessary algorithms and cryptography, becoming a blockchain engineer places you at the center of a dynamic new field!
2. Commercial civilian drone operator
From use in infrastructure inspections to delivery services like Amazon Prime Air, drones are the future. With the implementation of drones comes a need for those who can adeptly control commercial drones. Want your kids to get an early start? See our drone courses and let your kids program and fly their own drone!
3. Avatar manager
For a fascinating convergence of art and tech, look to this career of the future! An avatar manager is responsible for designing and managing virtual holograms of people. It seems more far-out than it is – in fact, many bands and artists already use holograms, so one can only imagine all the other handy applications of having a hologram of yourself on hand!
4. Digital artisan
A career as a digital artisan is ideal for out-of-the-box thinkers who’d like to combine IT skills with art and design to create amazing products and ideas. An interest in programming paired with a keen sense of creativity composes the perfect profile of a future digital artisan. Get your child ready by encouraging them to create independent projects in Tynker!
5. Virtual habitat designer
As more and more learning, working, and overall living moves into the virtual realm, someone has to make it navigable and comfortable! That’s where virtual habitat designers come in. Their role is like that of an urban planner – but of the digital world. Skills like art, design, and, of course, coding come together in this a fascinating career that appeals to many different types of people!
6. VR engineer
VR isn’t just for gaming anymore – it’s being used to bring people around the globe together through immersive news stories, academic collaboration, improved health care, and more. With so many divergent uses for VR on the rise, we’ll need lots of smart engineers to make it all happen! Your child’s dedication to learning a new realm of technology and a strong sense of innovation just might land your child an exciting job as a VR engineer down the line.
When asked what they want to be when they grow up, kids don’t always have a clear vision – as many kids we’ve spoken with have noted, most of the careers they’ll enter haven’t even been created yet! At the root of it all, the workplace of our changing world depends on creative problem solving. When kids code, they acquire these problem-solving skills as they learn the technical skill of coding. There’s no better way to prepare for the future!