Modern jobs that didn’t exist 20 years ago

With record job growth across the planet, we’re seeing more and more new, unique and unusual job posts coming into existence. In the past 20 years, hundreds of jobs have been created to keep up with our ever-evolving world. While some might be a little questionable, and others are vital in this modern world.

Let’s take a look at some modern jobs that didn’t exist 20 years ago!

Social Media Coordinator

The first recognisable social media site, Six Degrees, was created in 1997. Today, over 2 billion people use social media platforms! So many companies rely on social media for a variety of different reasons, including advertising and customer support services. The rise of social media platforms has therefore created a tonne of jobs, including social media coordinators and managers which enable brands to fully benefit from social media.


Bloggers were also pretty much unheard of 20 years ago. What started as a hobby for most people has become, for some, a high-earning job opportunity. Of course writers and journalists have existed for a long time, but bloggers solely use digital platforms to post their writing or content. It goes without saying that most bloggers have social media to thank for the distribution of their content.


Being an influencer is one of the most current new jobs on the market.These folks pretty much live their lives on social media and earn their living from partnering with and promoting a variety of brands. Research suggests that consumers third-party recommendations more than those from the brand itself brands are turning to influencer recommendations instead of traditional advertising to beat competition and boost sales.

SEO Specialist

The internet was a much less competitive space 20 years ago, and people knew very little about how to increase your website’s visibility on search engine results pages (SERPs). However, as more websites appear, and as we understand more about what makes them rank, we rely upon SEO specialists to point us in the right direction. These specialists consider a wide variety of factors, and data, to advise on how to optimise websites for search engines and improve visibility.


There’s been a significant rise in professional coaching services, especially related to life-coaching or wellness. According to recent stats, the life-coaching industry in the US has now topped over $1billion and is still growing. Life coaches partner with clients to help them maximise both their personal and professional potential. This may seem like a luxury, but an increasing number of people see this as a necessity to beat ever-growing competition on the job market and to stay sane in a perpetually stressful world!

App developer

The first apps were developed in the mid 2000s. Jump forward just over a decade, and there’s now nearly 2 million apps in existence. There are apps made for phones, tablets, laptops and now smartwatches for an astounding variety of things. Apps exist for pretty much everything. Just look at the world of gambling, for example – mobile apps have been responsible for a huge number of changes in this industry. According to Fueled, global app revenue hit an estimated $52 billion in 2016. Clearly there’s potential to make more than a few bucks being an app developer.

Drone operators

While drones have been around for a while, commercial companies such as Amazon have only started tapping into their potential in recent years.The film industry has also benefited from drones, using these machines to capture a variety of different angles. Of course, with this increased use of drones comes an increased need for drone operators.

Sustainability Managers

Another job to hit the scene recently is Sustainability Managers. The more informed we become about climate change and the need for eco-friendly practices in our day-to-day lives, the more companies are realising they need to invest in such employees to help them go green. Sustainability Managers help businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and limit their impact on the environment.

Driverless Car Engineers

The future is here. Soon, driverless, floating cars will no longer just be something from Star Wars or robot films. Driverless cars, such as Google’s automated car, have been cruising the streets for some time now. There’s still some grey areas around how safe they are though, so driverless car engineers are hard at work, using advanced science, to streamline how driverless cars function.

Twenty years ago, we wouldn’t have imagined the existence of many of these jobs, which shows how fast the world is developing. How many new jobs can we expect to see in the next 20 years? Only time will tell!

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