The working world has changed. These jobs are driving our economy – but a couple of years ago they weren’t even a thing! Here are the careers that are still in their infancy, but changing the world.
1 Social media manager
You can’t manage what doesn’t exist, and 10 years ago, social media didn’t. (How bizarre is that?) Now, almost three-quarters of online adults are on social media in some way or another. The importance of social media has only been recognised in the last couple of years and has brought with it plenty of cool digital careers.
Though blogs have been around for a while, a few years ago blogging as a profession was pretty much unheard of. It’s extremely difficult to turn your hobby and passion into a lucrative business, but in the past few years some lucky people have successfully managed in a big way. Just look at the Huffington Post!
3 SEO specialist
Did you know what SEO stood for in 2007? Probably not. Now it’s a term being thrown around no matter what company you work for. An employee who can get a website to the first page of Google’s search results is an invaluable addition to any business.
4 App designer/developer
Even though apps rule your life, they weren’t even a thing a couple of years back. (Wait, does MXit count?) Now, apps are basically the reason you own a smartphone. Suddenly, every business wants an app – and designers and developers are more sought-after than ever.
5 Uber driver
It seems like every second car on the road is an Uber. The company, founded in 2009, has created thousands of job opportunities for people worldwide – just look at South Africa. In fact, it’s become the preferred mode of transport for tons of people living in the city (and it’s only been around for a few short years!).
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