One of the largest sources of disruption within the workforce is technology. Whether it be the method by which work is performed or the employees themselves, technology is changing everything it touches. Over the years, there are a number of industries that have been traditionally very strong and resistant to change, but even these industries are beginning to collapse under the weight of advancing technology.
The widespread disruption that is going to affect incumbent industries is hard to predict, but there are certain changes that can be seen now which will guide the rest of the coming change. Identifying these and adapting for them can help anyone to prepare for the new future of work.
As the fields of work themselves continue to change, it is unlikely that traditional careers will be eradicated by technology as many predict. What is far more likely to happen, however, is widespread automation among a number of industries that have never before experienced automation.
A positive effect of this automation is going to be the creation of new jobs. When technology takes over the mundane day-to-day tasks that employees were typically tasked with, it will free them up to perform new kinds of work. Forbes covered a report that discussed how 52 percent of experts in the field of AI and robotics believed that technology would create more jobs than it will displace in certain industries.
Some of those new forms of work that may appear and be commonplace even among traditional and non-tech industries are coding based tasks. Technology may have the effect of turning finance and accounting professionals into coders on the side as their daily tasks morph into something new.
New Career Paths
As alluded to earlier, new skills and daily tasks for workers are going to appear in traditional industries. However, there will be entirely new career paths that technology will create. Previously, tech-based jobs only really existed at tech companies. The world has changed dramatically in recent years, though, and even non-tech companies are beginning to require tech workers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 12 percent growth for jobs in the computer and information technology fields. This growth isn’t only going to happen in tech-based companies, as occupations such as becoming data scientists for any company is going to appeal to more and more people. Jobs such as data science deal with analytics and data. Any company that has an online presence and hopes to survive will have a need for data analytics to determine business objectives, even old-fashioned companies.
Technology is going to open career paths that have previously never been seen before in certain industries. On top of that, these careers are only going to further the integration of technology and business.
An often-overlooked industry is education. With that said, technology has had a drastic effect on this industry. The typical four-year path of acquiring a collegiate level of education is slowly giving way to a far more fluid and available method of education that was made possible by technology.
Online degrees via trade schools and bootcamps are two rising forms of education that allow students to graduate in under a year in most cases. More and more employers are beginning to respect the skills that alumni from these options boast.
An added benefit technology has had on the educational industry is the availability of education for all. More and more people from all over the world are able to obtain an education that can help them find work at a fraction of the cost that some universities and colleges charge. In fact, certain trade schools such as App Academy don’t even charge tuition until you are hired.
This new ability to acquire a respected education from anywhere is resulting in a uniquely skilled workforce that will change the dynamics of work in the near future.
Technology, as with anything else, has its pluses and minuses. The total impact it will have on the future of work and the industries that exist is yet to be seen, but some of the above effects are only going to be exacerbated. Preparing yourself for these changes by acquiring new skills or looking into how your career may specifically be affected can help you prepare and survive the impending disruption. The advancement of technology is not slowing down anytime soon and the future of work will be here faster than anyone thinks.