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Space tour guide, a job of the future

Press AssociationPress Association 9/08/2016

Human body design and being an outer space tour guide are among the new jobs that will open up over the next 10 years as technology continues to transform the world of work, a new UK report says.

Virtual reality design, robotic engineering and visual communications are also listed as among the jobs of the future in a report by Microsoft and The Future Laboratory.

It also found that only one third of current university students believe their chosen career will exist in a decade.

"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," The Future Laboratory's Steve Tooze said.

"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."

Microsoft's Ryan Asdourian says while these jobs may seem like the realms of science fiction, they are indicative of changes society is 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," he said.

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