After both Apple and Google suggested that new professions be considered for Emoji 4.0, Unicode announced that 16 new professions are being proposed for the 4.0 update. These include:
- Health Worker
- Factory Worker
- Office Worker
There are actually 32 professional emoji proposed since each one will have a male and female version.
Proposed for the update is a Rainbow Flag and the United Nations Flag. And three characters are being considered for a promotion to full-fledged emoji. That would be the female sign (♀), the male sign (♂) and the Staff of Aesculapius (⚕).
Lastly, ten emoji are being considered for skin tone modification. As Unicode points out, emoji showing multiple characters have to have the same skin tone since the characters all share a single code point. The emoji being proposed for skin tone modification are:
- Woman With Bunny Ears
- Man and Woman Holding Hands
- Two Women Holding Hands
- Two Men Holding Hands
- Sleeping Accommodation
- Man in Business Suit Levitating
The review period for Emoji 4.0 ends on October 24th. Emoji 4.0 will be released this coming November.