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Working for Tomorrow

A look at emerging and evolving professions

Published in TB Business Magazine by Alexis Harborth

The world is ever-evolving, and so is the realm of career possibilities. As the needs of organizations brchange, many new positions have emerged on the career landscape in recent years. These emerging jobs brare gaining in popularity and, as studies and experts predict, are likely to dominate the future of work and brbecome commonplace fixtures for many organizations. On “The Radar” this quarter are positions on the brrise. We invite you to explore these emerging jobs and meet some local professionals in these roles.

Drone Pilots
While drones may seem brrelatively new, the United States has brbeen developing unmanned aircraft brtechnology for over 90 years. With brits original roots heavily in military brusage, unmanned flight has since brexpanded over the last several decades brto see widespread use in marketing and brphotography, consumer electronics and brmore. Over the last decade, there has brbeen an explosion of drone operations brin many industries, from commerce brand retail to delivering packages brto surveillance for police and fire
To fly a drone, the FAA requires broperators to obtain a Remote Pilot brCertification, which demonstrates an brunderstanding of the requirements, brregulations and procedures for safely brflying drones.
Jon Guerra Jr.
Creative Director, Drone Pilot
Jon Guerra Productions

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert

Roles relating to diversity, equity brand inclusion have exploded in recent bryears. LinkedIn reported that from 2015 brto 2020, there was a 107% increase in brthose with “Head of Diversity” in their brtitle and a 68% increase in those with br“Chief Diversity Officer” in their
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion br(DE&I) efforts include policies, brinitiatives and programs in the brworkplace that encourage and promote brrepresentation and participation of all. brDE&I seeks to include those of different brgenders, races, cultures, ages, sexual brorientation and more, with the goal brof fostering a diverse workforce that brwelcomes all and ensures employees brhave equal access and opportunity. brDE&I efforts are meant to touch all braspects of an organization, from day-to-day operations to the company culture.
Lisa Wisner
Senior Curator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Environmental Engineers
Environmental engineering is an bremerging position that incorporates brdisciplines of civil and chemical brengineering. It is a profession that brencompasses broad scientific studies brsuch as biology, geology, microbiology, brchemistry and more to develop concepts brand solutions that preserve, protect and brimprove the quality of the environment brand its living organisms.
Environmental engineers work brin various industries and settings, brincluding urban and regional planning, brconstruction and petrochemical. Air brpollution, water supply and wastewater brtreatments are some applications brthat environmental engineers may be brasked to address. Their scope of work brcan include ensuring an organization brmeets or exceeds the environmental brrequirements set forth by regulatory bragencies and identifying opportunities brto reduce emissions.
Francisca Deter
Environmental Engineer