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21st Century Jobs

People of a certain age can be forgiven if their predictions about life in the 21st century were way off base. Perhaps inspired by the classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” some may have expected space travel to be commonplace and discussions with robots to be ongoing but, alas, it has not turned out that way. The 21st century is now 12 years old, and most of the technological advances predicted by science fiction have simply not come to pass. However, some of the futuristic employment trends may be taking shape.

What follows is a list of jobs that are likely to be prevalent in coming decades. Some are purely speculative, some have emerged only recently and some have already been around for quite a while. However, what they all have in common is the possibility that they will offer job prospects to those entering the workforce for the rest of the century. Click ahead to see what some of the jobs of the 21st century might be.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 04 January 2012

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