In a recent publication, The University of Melbourne discusses some possible requirements for nurses, architects, artists and farmers in 2027. This is very interesting, but it is just a decade away. Predicting needs for 2027 is tricky, but imagine figuring out what job requirements will be like in 3027. That’s what science fiction often attempts to do.
Imagine for a moment that it’s the year 3018, a hundred years from now. It might not be too hard to predict what jobs will be like in 3027. After all, if in 3018 humans already populate several planets near our galaxy’s border and the technology to travel to the next galaxy has been in the works for a few hundred years — and has passed several hurdles and is very close to being reality — one might predict human colonies in the Andromeda Galaxy by 3027.
Looking back in time is easier, because a human in 3018 would know what has already been invented. Perhaps a few more of the impossibly wonderful technologies of “Star Trek” will be reality by then. A holodeck, or even a transporter!
But for a sci-fi writer in 2018, it’s not so simple to figure out what technologies and society will be like in 3018. Oh sure, if I could talk to time travelers, I’d have a pretty good idea — assuming they aren’t from some alternative timeline that I’ll never see.
Perhaps jobs in the future can be predicted from what we know of the past — at least, my sci-fi version of the past. This is one angle I’m looking at for a new short story this year. In the meantime, if you’d like to read some of my time travel or other published stories, they are available in my short story anthologies.