"It will be more of a dance, and less of a march," commented Artefact's John Rousseau in reference to the probable soon surfacing field of Design Strategist, one of the many multi-faceted design professions emerging in the near future. According to the article 5 Design Jobs That Won't Exist In The Future, it is probable that designers will no longer be able to specialize as a integral cog in a design team, but will need to be all members of design team. To keep up designers will need to be researchers, theologists, strategists, coders and one step ahead of the artificial intelligence they are creating.
With the compounding fractions of the world of design, the complexity of the work increases across many platforms and with it sprawls the complexity of work for the designer. What is wonderful is the growing number of jobs there will be for designers in the future and the progress that will cultivate in our evolving way of life. What is troubling, at least to me, is the growing number of hats a designer will be required to wear to grow in their career. Currently my resume claims a variety of graphic design, 3D modeling and CAD software skills, in addition to a sampling of fabrication knowledge and industrial applications. But it seems that to keep up with the field I will need to strategically seek experience in a variety of disciplines in order to be a well-rounded asset to an employer. It makes sense, this dance, this waltz of iteration of a career as ideas, products and professional identities drop off as fast as they pop up.
I'm just pleased to know that the freelancer still has a place on the floor, as a designer I may need to know a lot of steps, but at least I will get to employ my own moves.