Fifteen years ago, one may have not recognized many of the career choices that are emerging today — such as cloud marketing manager, or data scientist. So, just imagine what job titles we might see fifteen years from now.

The authors of a report out of Citrix did just that — visualizing the workplace of the year 2035, and the types of professionals who will be making the economy tick. These new-age jobs will be tied into technology initiatives such as AI and related technologies.

The Citrix workplace study was the result of a year-long series of surveys and interviews with 1,800 business leaders, along with thought leaders from academia, think tanks, multinational boards, and leading authorities on the future of work. Here are examples of new jobs that will be created:

  • Robot/AI trainer
  • Virtual reality manager
  • Advanced data scientist
  • Privacy and trust manager
  • Design thinker
  • Chief of artificial intelligence

Interestingly, business leaders are more inclined to see the potential of these new types of jobs than rank-and-file employees, the study finds. For example, while 82 percent of executives see their companies bringing in robot and SI trainers over the next 15 years, compared to only 44 percent of employees.

Business leaders see artificial intelligence as taking a prominent role within their organizations. More than half of those surveyed (57 percent) believe AI will make most business decisions and potentially eliminate the need for senior management teams. In fact, 75 percent think most organizations will have a central AI department overseeing all areas of the business.

There are mixed reactions to the impact AI will be having on productivity. Executives see AI boosting productivity, but their employees are skeptical. “Business leaders believe that technology and AI will bring a major boost to productivity, but employees are much more uncertain,” the study finds. Almost nine in 10 business leaders (89 percent) envisage AI-powered digital workspaces increasing worker performance and productivity in their organization by 2035, compared to just 55 percent of employees who share this view.

Almost three quarters of business leaders (73 percent) believe that technology and AI will make workers at least twice as productive by 2035, while only 39 percent of employees share this vision, the researchers also find. Almost two-thirds of employees (65 percent) are unclear on how their organization will gain a competitive advantage from using AI when it is being used by every business, compared to just 16 percent of business leaders who believe the advantages are unclear.

Ironically, employees see AI usurping management roles, something executives don’t expect. Employees are much more likely than business leaders to predict that by 2035, the leadership team will be partially or completely replaced by technology (33 percent of employees versus seven percent of leaders), while most business leaders (74 percent) predict only a partially augmented leadership team in 2035.

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