10 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Exist Yet

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It's easy to be pessimistic about the prospect of finding a six-figure career in America. Increasingly, workers are forced to get by as freelancers, and roughly 60 percent of positions created since the financial crisis began have been low-wage.

But the new economy does create opportunities -- the key is to find where they will be before everyone else does. And it's highly likely the future economy will be chock full of unprecedented professions; roughly half of the 125 executives recently polled by executive search firm Korn/Ferry predicted that at least half of the undergraduate class of 2017 will end up in jobs and careers that don't yet exist. And so AOL Jobs solicited the help of Sparks & Honey, the New York-based advertising firm that monitors workplace trends. The firm uncovered all kinds of high-paying jobs, most of which don't even exist today.

Any common thread to the gigs? In making jobs projections, Sparks & Honey found that many jobs of the future are a result of the "collaborative economy," as company CEO Terry Young told AOL Jobs in an interview. "Increasingly, we have platforms like online payment systems to transfer funds and social networks to enable collaboration, and so many of these jobs are about people coming together," he said. See below for ten.