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The Most Important Design Jobs Of The Future | Co.Design | business + design

Design leaders at Google, Microsoft, Autodesk, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, Lunar, Huge, New Deal, and fuseproject predict 18 new design jobs.

Source: The Most Important Design Jobs Of The Future | Co.Design | business + design

As 2016 closes, we look to the future to see what are the next tech jobs out there. These are some suggestions. Looking at them, it makes me feel so overwhelmed that I’m still underprepared for anything at times. How does one train or learn to be these kinds of positions? Many of them make sense. I’m still trying to make sense of where today’s tech and design jobs are and how to catch up with those.

What do you think of this list? Include your comments below.



Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

3 thoughts on “The Most Important Design Jobs Of The Future | Co.Design | business + design

  1. Please don’t feel underprepared, Danielle. You’re no less prepared than the rest of us. These jobs of the future will require knowledge of basic skills and principles, like critical thinking and audience analysis — not specialized skills that people are developing in some secret lab somewhere.

    For example, today’s UX designer, who understands the principles of human-computer interaction, is tomorrow’s augmented reality designer. Designers who can step back and see the big picture are tomorrow’s fusionists. (I rather like that one.)

    20 years ago, if I’d looked into the world of 2017, I might’ve felt underprepared and overwhelmed too. But by knowing the basics and by keeping up with new technologies as they develop, I’ve stayed viable. And so have you. Just stay the course.

    1. I think that’s the thing–in many respects, I’m feeling unprepared NOW already that future jobs sound terrifying. Somehow we’re expected to know everything. And it’s the old conundrum of you can’t get hired unless you know or have experience in XYZ, but you can’t gain those skills unless you get that job. Ugh!

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