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14 January 2010
Research commissioned by the UK government and carried out by Fast Future Research entitled 'The Shape of Jobs to Come' reveals that population growth and climate change together with developments in science and technology will lead to different career prospects in 20 years' time.
Space pilots, body part makers and flying car creators could be among the new jobs of the future. The digital revolution is expected to lead to jobs for virtual lawyers, virtual clutter organisers and waste date handlers.
Breakthroughs in space travel will lead to new positions such as space pilots, space architects and space tourist guides, the report suggests.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said "a priority for this Government is to prepare Britain for the economy of the future and to make sure our young people can seize the opportunities that innovations in science and technology will bring."
Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson said "these jobs are no longer the stuff of dreams. Today's schoolchildren could become our first generation of scientists to build a flying car or help reverse climate change."
Rohit Talwar, Chief Executive of research company Fast Future, who conducted the study, said "the list of future jobs highlights the vast array of exciting things today's school children could be doing in 20 years' time, all made possible by fields of science and innovation in which Britain has real expertise."
"We're crossing the boundaries between science fiction and reality, and what we're seeing in the movies are becoming genuine career opportunities."
"Although these are made possible by science they won't necessarily require a high level of scientific expertise in themselves."
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