Recruitment is rapidly changing from telecommuting jobs to interim employment and an ever-evolving digital landscape that touches all aspects of our lives – work is something that is being redefined in exciting ways. As technology advances, we are seeing new possibilities for productivity, with traditional office spaces and ways of doing business being rethought.
The cyber age hasn’t just disrupted the status quo; it has created a number of new job titles in the process. In this blog, we take a look at five job titles that simply didn’t exist a decade ago.
The future of employment: Five job titles that didn’t exist 10 years ago
Called the “sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review, the role of a data scientist is that of a miner, analyst and advisor. Data scientists sift through and make sense of huge quantities of customer information – the Big Data we are always hearing about – to identify behavioural patterns and predict trends. Their insights are used by businesses to improve customer experiences. This job is in high demand and pays very, very well.
2017 will mark 10 years since the first iPhone came out, with Android emerging to rival iOS in 2008. Since then, over one million mobile applications (apps) have been loaded onto online stores to be sold to smartphone and tablet users – and this figure is only going to grow. Programmers and developers who possess the skills needed to create user-friendly, original apps can carve out lucrative careers for themselves in this field.
Social Media Manager
A popular line of work for graduates of media studies today, social media management comprises a range of different jobs, many of which are freelance or interim. A post may call for someone to take charge of all social media interaction for a business or group thereof, manage online customer communities (think customer care 2.0), or update Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and other platforms with business news and events. The world of social media is only going to grow, and jobs with it.
User Experience Design
Commonly referred to as UX, UXD, UED or XD, user experience design is a job focused on improving customers’ experiences of a product, like an app or website (it’s a mostly digital role). These designers work to make the products easier to use, more accessible, and more enjoyable – improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. User experience design is one of the hottest jobs around the globe at the moment, and will likely stay that way for years to come.
As business moves increasingly online, the need for competent digital strategists becomes greater. These are SEO and SEM experts who know their way around blogs, social media and all other contemporary channels of communication. They identify marketing niches and needs and develop blueprints to help companies and organisations target them, managing their brand presence in cyberspace.
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