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Gong Xiaopei5分时时彩娱乐app, 21, looks a lot like a flight attendant, wearing a black suit, orange tie and a smile sweet enough to clearly communicate that she is eager to help.

But instead of flying, she spends most of her time meeting passengers arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport in her role as a "pickup assistant" - a new job that has arisen along with the demand for mobile ride-hailing.

"Our job is to help car-hailers find the rides they have booked as soon as they get off planes. Most of them are first-time visitors to Beijing," says Gong, one of more than 170 people who have landed this type of job. Their services are used heavily by Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing platform.

Gong Xiaopei, a "pickup assistant", contacts passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport in December. Wang Zhuangfei / For China Daily

As China steps up efforts to restructure its economy, the country's burgeoning digital sector is creating new jobs for millions of people like Gong.

Besides "pickup assistants", other new titles include "cyber anchors" who rake in as much as 1,000 yuan ($145; 136 euros; 120) a day by live streaming advice on such subjects as playing electronic games, map information collectors who drive around China collecting road data, and purchasing agents who help Chinese buy products in foreign countries.

Zhang Dayi, 28, a former model, is one of the cyber celebrities who have made it big in the country's booming digital marketplace.

She opened a shop in 2014 on Taobao, Alibaba Group's online marketplace. By offering a range of online advice to women on makeup, hairdos and wardrobes, she accumulated over 4.5 million fans on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. Her fans are eager to mimic Zhang's wardrobe, overwhelming her shop whenever new designs are released.

In November, 5,000 garments were sold within two seconds on Zhang's store, equivalent to the annual sales of a small brick-and-mortar store.

These new jobs are particularly popular among young people who put a premium on freedom and flexibility when considering careers, says Shen Meng, director of Chanson & Co, a boutique investment bank in China.

"Compared with previous generations, who prioritized salaries, young people are increasingly in favor of positions that are intertwined with their hobbies," Shen says.

Experts say that these jobs are so new that many people know little about them or how to break into one of the new fields. A survey by QQ browser, owned by Tencent Holdings, showed that only about 3.8 percent of 13,000 university students born after 1995 indicated a preference for new jobs created by the digital economy.

However, among those interested, cyber anchors, voice actors and game testers were among the jobs most desired.

The push to crack down on pornography on the internet has also given rise to a new profession.

Jiao Yi, CEO of iweiju, a Guangzhou-based startup that develops social networking apps, says almost every internet content firm in China has recruited people to delete inappropriate user-generated content, with some firms recruiting as many as 150 so-called "porn-detectors".

The digital economy is breathing new life into many traditional industries that have struggled with declining growth.

Thanks to the e-commerce boom, for instance, China's logistics industry has been creating an average of 150,000 new jobs annually in recent years, says Ma Junsheng, head of the State Postal Bureau, the industry regulator.

In 2015, about 113 million Chinese worked in businesses driven by China's digital economy, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.

"As information technologies continue to revolutionize the retail, entertainment, finance, manufacturing and other industries, China's digital economy will reach $16 trillion by 2035, with 415 million jobs created accumulatively," the report forecasts. That's up from $1.4 trillion in 2015.

"If not for the robust growth of the internet and the sharing economy, China would have been under unprecedented employment pressure, weighed down by slowing GDP growth," says Zhang Yansheng, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's Institute for International Economics Research.

"Digital businesses are not taking jobs away from traditional sectors. They are creating new jobs," he adds.

masi@chinadaily.com.cn