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Hot Industries Of The Future

  1. May 9, 2008 #1
    I liked the "most useful 4yrs degree" and want to get a similar discussion started on industries. Let's hear what careers fields you think are going to grow in the next 10 years.

    Here's my list (easy list):

    Healthcare: Population grows and new diseases appear. Nurses, doctors, EMTs, therapists, psychologists, virologists, etc. will not be out of jobs.

    Energy: The hybrid craze is going full speed. When garbage becomes more profitable than oil expect to see Shell garbage trucks making the rounds around your neighborhood.

    Security: Responsibility or sheer fear will drive us to create cheaper, efficient technologies to protect ourselves and our "privacy." From airports to shopping centers and online banking servers to warzones, smarter software, robots, and methods will be developed to achieve this goal.

    Jordan Joab.
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  3. May 11, 2008 #2
    Healthcare is currently in a miserable state so you have to really love helping people to put up with insurance companies among other things. I think Biotechnology is an emerging field which is perfect for an bioengineering major but you really need at least a MS before you can get a good job in that.

    Research in alternative fuels is vital because the oil wells will run dry in about 80 years.

    Work involving Defense contractors is subject to change at any time because your livelihood depends on the government funding your company so it can be risky.

    That's just my take but please correct me if I'm wrong.
  4. May 11, 2008 #3
    Agriculture, transportation, and other infrastructure...6.666.666.666 billion people can't be wrong, right?

    Medical for the same reason, but everyone already knows that one for the most part.
  5. May 11, 2008 #4
    Flying car sales.
  6. May 11, 2008 #5
    Energy research/development

    IT security

    Quantum computer chips

    Arclight reactors
  7. May 11, 2008 #6
    I was told back in 1985 we would have flying cars by 2000. What the heck happened?!

    Jordan Joab.
  8. May 11, 2008 #7
    Simple. It's just like cold fusion; the technology of the future, by definition, is always in the future. Cold fusion has been 20 years away for as long as I've been alive, at least.
  9. May 15, 2008 #8
    I think these are the the industries of the immiediate future (maybe something that is more interesting for people that are getting a degree in only a couple of years from now?)

    material physics/nanotechnology

    This field will be huge. As it is today. Only that the rules will change and new very sick materials will emerge that was never thought of today. Quantum engineering for the win? Besides old industries like steel (for us europeans/asians) will always need a good physicist.

    Medical imaging

    Like the medical fields up in the first post. This one is a winner, because medical imaging will always be in limelight. People will always be sick and in the need of a quick diagnosis.

    mathematical consulting

    There will always be a need of people organizing and giving structure to raw data. There will also always be a need of people that can model very complex problems useing FEM, FDM-analysis.

    a.s.o., this list could grow very large. But I will stop there and listen to some of the other peeps input.
  10. Dec 14, 2009 #9
    china is a currently leading country in new material.
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