Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work.

In preparation for the show, I trolled through several articles to see what others were saying as well. I found this post, Top 20 most popular future jobs of 2030, that had some great descriptors (a few faves included below) of what may be available in the future?

Body part maker: Create living body parts for athletes and soldiers.

Nano-medic: Nanotechnology advances mean sub-atomic treatments could transform healthcare.

Elderly wellness consultant: As an ageing population increases in size, we’ll need folks to tend to their physical and mental needs.

Memory augmentation surgeon: Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, surgeons could boost patients’ memory when it hits capacity.

‘New science’ ethicist: With the rise of cloning and other ethically-dubious practices, ethicists will be needed to ford the river of progress.

Space pilots, tour guides and architects: Space tourism will allow for space pilots, tour guides and the architects that will allow them to live in lunar outposts.

Vertical farmers: The future of farming is straight up. Vertical farms in urban areas could significantly increase food supply.

Climate change reversal specialist: Regardless of what you think about human-induced climate change, it’s clear we’ll need scientists who specialise in altering it.

Weather modification police: If weather patterns can be altered and adversely affect other parts of the world, law enforcement will be needed to keep things legal.

Classroom avatar manager: Intelligent avatars will replace classroom teachers, but the human touch will be needed to properly match teacher to student.

Waste data handler: Think of it as an “IT axe man”… for information. Waste data handlers will destroy data for security purposes.

Virtual clutter organiser: Now that your electronic life is more cluttered than your physical one, you’ll need someone to clean things up — including your e-mail, desktop and user accounts.

Social ‘networking’ worker: A social worker for the Web generation.

Branding managers: These already exist for celebrities, but now everyone needs a “personal brand” so others can easily digest who you are and what you stand for.