Back To the Future was a great movie, and it gets even better in the second movie when they actually go into the future – which was October 21, 2015.
But what if they’d gone further into the future, to 2026? Would it have been more of the same…flying cars, hover boards, robot workers?
Robot workers don’t necessarily bode well for people, but if we think about the three job areas that are projected to have the most growth in the next ten years, humans are going to do just fine.
So what are the jobs of 2026 going to be?
With an aging population there is a demand for services dealing with seniors, which will mean plenty of job opportunities.
Daniel Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer for the BC Care Providers Association, He says that in 2026 there is going to be a Hugedemand for care providers.
“For individuals who are both providing direct front line care for seniors, and also those who are in the leadership and management team of places like retirement homes or care homes, or assisted living properties.”
It’s not only care providers that we have to think about when it comes to the aging population, it’s also how cities adjust to take care of the elderly.
“A lot of cities are becoming more age friendly. And looking at things like signal lights and lighting, and making sure that –for example – if you have a walker or a wheelchair that your cities have… the curbs are built so you can get on and off easier.”
Clean energy industry
This sector is also a growth industry. Paul Kariya, the Executive Director of Clean Energy BC, says it’s actually up to the government to decide where the Clean Energy Sector heads.
“The solution for us is that the government is also going to have to decide what it’s going to do with its climate action plan, in response to the federal government’s request of all provinces to participate. Our recommendation is that we electrify it.
The more electrification that we use – good clean electricity – that’s our opportunity going forward.”
The tech world
Vancouver Tech Entrepreneur Matt Toner spoke with Shane Woodford, who asked the tech expert to look into his crystal ball and predict the future.
“Looking into the long term, well looking in the past does tell you about the future. What tech has done, is disrupt. Think about video games for a second. Ten years ago if you wanted a career in games, you had to make your way to Vancouver and get a job with Electronic Arts. You joined a company of a couple hundred other folks and you made a game. Today, that is not required at all. Many very successful indie game developers have access to tools and technology, and ways of networking and connecting with other developers to make their own games independently”
But is it all sunshine and rainbows for all industries?
“The one industry I think that is going to feel some real challenges, over the next ten, twenty years, is the auto industry. Because if you look at things like electric cars coming onto the market, services like Uber taking the demand for cars off the market, self-driving cars…how we look at transportation in the next twenty years is very different than how we look at it today. Imagine if you had a fleet of self-driving cars. One just pulls up, you jump in, it takes you where you want to go, and once the ride is done it goes and gets somebody else.”
What about job training?
Associate VP of Student Services Bill Dow says education and training is changing too.
“We’re creating environments now, some of it digital, where we can create learning experiences – hands on learning experiences in these kids of very cool three-dimensional, eventually it might be holographic environments. That’s really going to enhance – particularly for an institute like BCIT – where we are focused on the hands on application, that’s really going to take the whole teaching and learning experience to another level.”