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12 Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

From rideshare drivers to marijuana dispensers, these jobs arrived on the scene less than a decade ago—but today, they are driving forces in the economy.

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Jobs created in the past decade

A booming tech industry and shifting consumer interests have paved the way for an abundance of new and exciting job opportunities. Not only do these positions deliver on-demand and potential, but employees are also rewarded handsomely for their work, sometimes raking in six or seven figures annually. When push comes to shove, experts agree: Avoid these jobs that might be extinct in the next decade, and consider applying for a job in one of these brand-new fields instead.

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Chief Listening Officer (CLO)

You’ve heard of a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, but what about a Chief Listening Officer (CLO)? First created back in 2010, this position “is a step up from the social media manager job,” according to the Digital Marketing Institute. A CLO oversees their company’s communications outreach—ranging from social media activity to personal interactions with customers—and reports on how effective those efforts are. Bet you never knew these 10 fascinating jobs existed, either.

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Drone operator

Drone operators are attractive hires these days thanks to initiatives like Amazon’s PrimeAir program, which delivers packages to customers using drones. What’s more, filmmakers and photographers also rely on drones to capture those bird’s-eye view shots seen in movies and wedding videos. To become a pro yourself, you’ll need to take the Aeronautical Knowledge test, obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate, and pass a background check. Check out more cool jobs you can land without going to college.

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The recent legalization of marijuana in dozens of U.S. states has created a massive market for buying and selling weed. In fact, the marijuana industry is expected to make a staggering $21 billion by 2021. With weed dispensaries and farms popping up across the country, many people now earn paychecks as manufacturers, distributors, and even “budtenders,” or staffers who work at the dispensaries. But that’s nothing compared to the weirdest jobs you didn’t know you could apply for.

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Podcast host

Funny enough, the term “podcast” was coined by a BBC journalist in 2004 as a clever combo of the words “iPod” and “broadcast.” Yet podcasts were not a standard part of our lexicon until just a few years ago; between 2013 and 2018, the average podcast listenership doubled from 12 to 24 percent. Since then, podcasting hasn’t just become a trendy hobby—some have turned it into their careers, with well-known hosts making a killing by reading ads during their episodes. Check out these top history podcasts to see if you have what it takes.

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Mobile app developer

Although Apple’s iPhone was first released in 2007, it took another year or two before iOS App Store was officially launched. The popularity of mobile apps quickly grew from there, with Apple’s App Store reaching its 50 billionth download in 2013. Fast forward to today, and there are a whopping 3 million apps in total. Now nearly every commercial and media business employs app developers to create the graphics and features for their very own apps. Find out the 11 ways your phone can help you get organized.

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Uber driver

Since opening its doors in 2009, this app-based ridesharing company has become the world’s most valuable start-up, growing its net worth to $62 billion in just 10 years. Today Uber employs roughly 2 million drivers in the United States, while its competitor Lyft has around 1.5 million drivers, according to The Rideshare Guy. Yet despite booming business for ridesharing apps, Uber and Lyft drivers are also among the jobs that might disappear in the next 25 years.

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Social media influencer

Social media has evolved way beyond simply keeping tabs on friends and family. While platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter didn’t even exist a decade ago, they are now a primary source of income for many people. Influencers, known for their trendy posts and large mass of followers, can earn thousands of dollars by promoting destinations, clothing, or products on their social media accounts. To try it for yourself, learn how to turn your hobby into a career.

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Artificial intelligence engineer

Once limited to fiction and sci-fi movies, artificial intelligence (also called AI) is creating a big buzz in the tech world these days. With projects like Amazon Alexa and Google Home scaling up their production and hiring, positions as artificial intelligence engineers and even chatbot copywriters have become increasingly appealing to those entering the workforce. While these unusual roles might dominate in the future, don’t miss these bizarre jobs that once existed in the past.

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Driverless car mechanic

It’s no secret that driverless cars pose a threat to those who make a living as taxi or ride-hailing drivers. On the plus side, this thriving industry promises to employ hundreds of people to design, produce, and maintain the new vehicles. Everyone from engineers to mechanics to software developers will be in high demand as driverless cars become more and more mainstream. You’ll be shocked by these 15 cool jobs you could have in the future, too.

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Telemedicine physician

Not so long ago, visiting a doctor meant getting in the car, sitting in traffic, and then reading a magazine in the waiting room until you are called. Yet that dreaded routine might soon be a thing of the past, as more patients opt to be treated from the comfort of their very own homes. Telemedicine physicians consult with their patients using video conferencing software like Skype or FaceTime, listening to symptoms, dishing out advice, and approving prescriptions digitally.

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Big data scientist

Data science is not a new field by any means. But back in the day, analyzing data was a slow and meticulous process, and scientists sometimes spent years combing through small sets of data. Thanks to the digitization of records and faster computing speeds, big data scientists are now hired to collect, arrange, and interpret enormous amounts of data at a fraction of the rate they used to, leading to some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the year.

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Digital marketing specialist

For decades, most products were marketed offline. Companies sent fliers and catalogs by mail, or bought ads in newspapers and magazines, in order to draw in customers. But the recent growth of social media and search engines has disrupted the traditional means of marketing, leading many businesses to turn to digital marketing specialists for advice on how to reach customers on the web. Bonus: Digital marketers will also be one of the 21 most in-demand jobs in 2020.

Brooke Nelson
Brooke is a tech and consumer products writer covering the latest in digital trends, product reviews, security and privacy, and other news and features for