Your career could well be over by 2030, according to a think tank.
One in five jobs in British cities, particularly in the north, will be stolen by automation.
In 2017, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that automation and other new technology could mean that 375 million people around the world may need to change occupations to avoid being put out of work by machines.
Women and minorities will be most affected, initially, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research.
But a more recent study predicts that men will eventually see the biggest losses.
Gaining a degree, becoming a specialist and constantly upskilling could help to safeguard your job.
Or, you could go a step further and pursue a completely different career.
Here are the existing, emerging and future jobs that I predict will be needed, and why:
Prep store manager
Waitrose Essentials? Sainsbury’s Basics? Pah. In the future, you may prefer to shop online at a survival prep store.
The first one has already opened in the UK – with The Walking Dead as inspiration, people are shopping for the apocalypse.
Goods on offer include ‘prepping bundles’, which contain items such as first aid kits and windup lanterns and radios.
Curious? Well, these shops don’t manage themselves, you know.
Drone surveillance operator or virtual detective
Films like Robocop should help to ensure the future of law enforcement will not result in any ED-209-type bots any time soon.
But it is likely there will be growth in online policing roles.
Forces are already concentrating on telecops to combat sexual abuse and prevent fraud.
Amateur virtual detectives who help to solve crimes for free have already emerged on sites such as websleuths.com
And, in the future, VR will help to recreate crime scenes.
People will be needed in this area, not just those who can program the VR environments, but also those who are specially trained to sleuth virtually.
Another type of policing that is taking off is the use of surveillance drones in dangerous situations.
And armed drones will also be used as a more surreptitious and inconspicuous way to police.
Biohackers and DNA geneticists
Medicine will become more innovative, which will create a need for workers who can approach vaccines, remedies and genetic modification in new ways.
Forums of people called biohackers will share ideas and research.
Another role will be geneticist. These people will analyse your DNA to develop personalised medications.
With more of us living longer, there will also be a greater need for gerontology, a field of research that includes finding cures for age-related disease.
Occupational therapists who help to make modifications to the home and workplace for an increasingly aging population will be in demand, too.
Genetic counsellors will help you cope when your DNA is downloaded and scanned for potential disease.
And personalised healthcare will be co-ordinated by health service managers.
Training doctors may not be considered a good use of resources (it has a high financial and time cost), but those who have emotional intelligence and a range of medical skills will thrive.
Meanwhile, beauty and healthcare will merge. Personal trainers, dieticians, nutritionists and image consultants will be required to keep people healthy, and looking good.
Life coaches, counsellors and leisure consultants will help people deal with other life problems.
And more plastic surgeons may be required as people increasingly focus on improving their appearance.
Scientific advances will extend the average healthy human life as the growth of replacement tissues from stem cells and bionic organs becomes an affordable proposition.
Bio-engineers will create customised human limbs that are both fashionable and functional.
Final frontier tour guides
Space tourism is beginning to take off (groan).
Thanks to the likes of Virgin Galactic, Earth’s orbit will become the new frontier for adventurous travellers by 2026.
And a whole new category of jobs will come about to make space journeys safe and enjoyable.
These workers will use their knowledge to create visits to the more interesting parts of Earth’s orbit.
Also on the horizon are exobiologists who will source and grow food supplies for the earliest space colonists.
And with the shortage of rare elements on Earth, elements that are crucial to things such as wind turbines, industrial magnets, aero engines, optics and visual displays, we may need to use space miners to retrieve these from the moon or asteroids.
Rewilding strategists and virtual habitat designer
With the onset of climate change, anything green and connected to sustainable living is a mushrooming trend.
As our ecosystems and resources become increasingly stretched, we’ll need rewilding (large scale conservation) strategists to repopulate barren landscapes with flora and fauna and encourage the reintroduction of wildlife, even species that might be extinct.
Virtual habitat designers will bring nature inside, creating virtual offices and interiors that will reflect our nostalgic memories for the natural world that we destroyed.
And, with data draining our energy, we will need a lot more people working to find sustainable sources.
Alternative energy developer and sustainability consultant are two roles that will evolve from this need.
Nanotechnologists will develop novel nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, which have the potential to revolutionise fields such as drug delivery, high power batteries, solar cells and computers.
Personal content curators and e-gamers
Once we’ve destroyed our environment, the billionaires who have survived in their bunkers will want a little entertainment.
This is where VR will come into its own. Virtual reality has already moved on from those little cardboard glasses that were given away with magazines.
In the future, the rich will have a virtual world that will physically and emotionally isolate them from the masses (if there are any poor people left).
Before any apocalyptic event, the rest of us will be immersed in gaming and downloading programs.
For those without jobs, universal basic income will ensure crime is kept to a minimum.
The mass unemployed will live in a virtual world. Each person will create and live in an environment individually suited to them, with personalised gaming, programming and sports.
E-gamers won’t have to train intensively like athletes.
You could be earning mega bucks just from sitting on your couch, although even professional e-sports players already tend to have nutritionists and coaches.
And for those who want to be a little more active, holodecks – a device seen in Star Trek that combines transporter, replicator and holographic systems – will provide family entertainment.
Meanwhile, social media will have adapted to make us feel more community-minded.
You will watch YouTube clips of family and friends, who will probably be the virtual ‘stars’ of your world.
Even more people will start to view themselves as a brand.
Professionals will ensure your online records are positive and help you to hide or delete undesirable material.
This will lead to a growth in social media lawyers.
By the late 2020s, software-brain interfaces, pioneered by teams of neuroscientists, will have started to enter the mainstream.
This will allow mass audiences to read and capture thoughts, memories and dreams.
Personal content curators will help people to increase the storage capacity of their over-stretched minds, providing services that allow them to revisit treasured memories – or overcome trauma.
The human touch
Although a lot of learning institutions will go virtual, the last to go will be primary schools and nurseries, as people will take longer to entrust robots with young children.
As children need supervision, virtual learning won’t be popular for the under-10s.
Meanwhile, those with emotional intelligence, who are caring, will be increasingly sort after in all professions.