“Making the world a better place” is a tired cliché we hear a lot, but there’s a lot of good behind the phrase as well. Most people want to do more than just collect a paycheck, go home, and watch TV every day. Most of us want to make a difference in the world through the work we do. Some new industries that are emerging could have a positive impact on how we live, and shake up our lives in a big way. If you’d like to be part of something bigger, consider a career in one of these 5 industries. Because they’re new (or evolving) industries, you’ll have to think out of the box to score a job in one of these fields. Don’t let that stop you: these industries need talented, driven people to help ‘make the world a better place.’
1. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is here, and it’s only going to become more lifelike as time goes on. The industry isn’t just making our entertainment more immersive, it’s making everything more interactive and engaging. From the Game of Thrones exhibit, which allows viewers to visit the frigid Wall, to cellphone games that require collaboration with friends, to VR training for professional athletes, VR is changing the way we communicate and consume entertainment.
If you are interested in joining this growing field, don’t expect to find a single curriculum to help you learn the skills and terminology you need to succeed. You may have to make your own training program and be prepared to do a lot of fiddling on your own before you become a competent VR designer.
2. Civil & Industrial Engineering
Engineers are essential to the growth of society and improving life as we know it. Infrastructure might not be an exciting topic for most people, but when bridges begin to crumble and electric grids become obsolete, we need talented engineers to come up with solutions for our expanding population.
If you’d like to make a difference in how our communities function on a daily basis, there are many excellent engineering programs at universities across the country. If you’re logical, methodical, and ready to put in the work, you could be the perfect candidate for this field!
Internet security has become a hot-button issue these days, and there’s no wonder why. More cyber attacks take place globally every day, compromising identities, medical records, and credit cards. Blockchains are an audacious solution to these problems, and promise to make payment a safer, more user-friendly experience, by cutting out the middleman (i.e. 3rd parties that process payment, like big corporations). Bitcoin is the biggest example of blockchain technology. It’s using encryption and a historical “chain” of records to ensure the security of a transaction. This information isn’t stored in a central database and is essentially “open source” making the technology accessible to nearly anyone.
If you’re interested in exploring the blockchain industry, get coding! C++ is a great language to get started with.
Bioengineering isn’t a new field, but it’s come a very long way and could make a huge difference in how we live our lives. The field has resulted in some amazing advancements, including a major reduction in malaria deaths by bioengineering mosquitos. Through the program, there were 37% fewer cases of malaria and 60% fewer deaths. Though malaria is still a problem worldwide, bioengineers have significantly reduced the impact of the disease, and are still working toward fewer cases. Engineering the mosquitos to be sterile has reduced populations, and will continue to improve outcomes.
Bioengineering is a tough field, but there are many excellent programs if you’d like to make a difference around the world.
Our planet is facing challenges, thanks to our modern lifestyle and massive use of resources. Fortunately, there has been a push toward more sustainable “green” initiatives in the last few decades. This field is only going to continue growing as we tackle the problems of rising global temperatures, overflowing landfills, and depleted resources.
If you’d like to work in the field of sustainability, the best way is to work for an agency that sets standards and regulations for green initiatives. Engineers and inventors can also contribute to this growing field. No matter what career you choose in the sustainability field, you’ll be helping to change life as we know it—for the better.