MANY young people believe the speed of technological advances means they will one day have a job that does not yet exist, according to new research.

A survey of young people found that almost half (47%) of 16 to 24-year-olds believe they will work in a role that does not currently exist.

But fewer than one in five think they have the skills required to future-proof their careers.

In response to the study – which was carried out by defence technology firm BAE Systems – the company used a panel of futurists and technologists to predict the job roles likely to exist in 2040, and the subjects which could provide skills for those jobs.

It included roles such as an AI ethicist, who would be responsible for ensuring artificial intelligence was underpinned by robust ethics.

The panel argued that current subjects such as philosophy, history and maths would be useful for such a role, and young people should look at how such subjects could help them in the jobs of the future.

It also identified the areas of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics as key emerging technologies which would provide some of the best careers in years to come.

Nick Colosimo, principal technologist at BAE Systems, said: “Advances in technology, engineering and science mean the workplace of today will look dramatically different in 2040.

“Whilst it’s impossible for today’s young people to know exactly where their career will take them in the next 20 years, a wide range of skills will be useful in future-proofing the careers of young people today.

“Indeed, subjects as varied as graphic design, philosophy, chemical engineering and cybersecurity will prove valuable for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Other potential roles of the future identified included an automation adviser and a virtual reality architect.