Careers in the 21st Century: Tech

Previously, we discussed how AI is changing healthcare, as well as the job market’s shift towards a gig economy and the prevalence of “portfolio” careers. Today, we will set our scope wider, focusing on technology’s overall effect on jobs.

In discussing some of the jobs that are likely to grow over the next decade, we hope to put the notion that “technology kills jobs” into question. 

While many worry that technological advancements are eliminating jobs, over the past century, the shift to automation created more jobs than it destroyed. The Industrial Revolution, for example, decreased demand for agricultural jobs, but increased the demand for jobs in fields such as goods manufacturing, as evidenced by the consensus data Deloitte consultants compiled from England and Wales dating back to 1871.

Growth in fields such as goods manufacturing in turn affect consumer behavior: cheaper and faster acquisition of everyday essentials has driven consumers to look for novel things to spend their money on, including on things like gym memberships, expensive coffees, and trips.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, positions such as programmers, app developers, and IT technicians, are expected to grow. More noteworthy, however, are five jobs that are likely to see growth in upcoming years, as Erin Winick outlines in a recent article: renewable energy technician, machine trainer, AI engineer, video game streamer, and caregiver.

As you may be able to tell, most of the aforementioned jobs center around one thing: technology. Caregivers, while not directly related to technology, will be in demand as a large portion of Baby Boomers age and eventually require caregivers to assist them.

Video game streamer is a remarkable addition to the list. When you look at the numbers, this job’s growth is unsurprising. With the advent of Twitch, which as of 2017 has over 15 million daily active users, and streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins making over $500,000 per month, streamers are the newest wave of online entertainment.

So, what can you take away from this post?

In short, technology isn’t the boogeyman that many articles make it out to be. But that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t try to update your skill, such as by learning a coding language.

Perhaps this post has even given you an idea about which job to pursue in the future!

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