I am writing a paper exploring how a particular profession would change in the future. I am wondering how I would refer back to the people in present times who are practicing that profession.
Example: When talking about future computer scientists, refer back to computer scientists living in the present day.
Simply using "modern day computer scientists", or "present day computer scientists" may be confusing, is there a single word i can use to say this?
Example of usage: In order to determine the short term goals of [requested word] computer scientists, we can examine how the profession could change over time.