Visa Europe has conducted a survey revealing the views of Millennials’ and their future careers. The results show that 3D print designer ranks highly as a key job for the future. Over 1,000 people were surveyed by the global payments technology company in order to assess the trends of future careers. The resulting list shows a change of attitude among young people towards their careers with many focused more on a pursuit of their passions rather than money-orientated paths, which is not to say 3D printing cannot combine both. Over half of those surveyed (56%) view 3D printing as a future hive of opportunities with 3D print designer and 3D printed food chef among popular results of the survey. 

Lab technologist Ben Laurence shows off scan of a factory floor created by a 3D scanner. Photo by Mike Zettel for Niagarathisweek.

Lab technologist Ben Laurence shows off scan of a factory floor created by a 3D scanner at the SONAMI announcement. Photo by Mike Zettel for Niagarathisweek.

It seems Millennials may be right to view the 3D printing industry as a good source of employment in the future as we are continuously seeing investment into additive manufacturing in order to create jobs. For example the Canadian SONAMI partnership announcing a $7.3 million boost to education funding last month.

The 13 Millennial ‘jobs of the future’ are:

  1. 3D print designer
  2. Data scientist
  3. Augmented reality architect
  4. Professional blogger or vlogger
  5. Agriculture futurist
  6. Driverless car experience designer
  7. Cryptocurrency banker or regulator
  8. Transport designer
  9. Lifestyle auditor or efficiency consultant
  10. Gig economy manager
  11. E-sports player
  12. 3D food chef
  13. Extinction revivalist (reviving extinct animals)
The Stratasys Vespers installation at the London Design Museum. Image via: Luke Hayes

The 3D printed Stratasys Vespers installation at the London Design Museum. Image via: Luke Hayes

The data collected by Visa Europe shows a trend of people wanting to work in the digital sphere with many looking at creative designing roles. More than half of those surveyed (52%) also believe that pursuing more than two careers would be appealing as a result of the growing number of employment opportunities offered to young people. A reference to 3D print designer could be referring to a number of different things such as creative roles in fashion designingartistry or working in industrial additive manufacturing.

Visa UK and Ireland Managing Director Kevin Jenkins spoke about the survey’s findings:

“Technological innovation and societal acceptance of uncharted new careers is fuelling revolutionary changes in the workforce. Technology is creating a host of new industries, which need new job roles to make them sustainable. We now see professional gamers compete for million dollar prize pots while their competitions are streamed to hundreds of thousands of online viewers, or even YouTube stars that are as popular as Hollywood actors.”

Nominate your favorite 3D designer in the first Annual 3D Printing Industry Awards here.

Featured image shows 3D printed steampunk world designed and printed by Mauricio Chong. Photo via: macburro on Shapeways. 

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