In a world where both routine blue collar and white collar work can be easily automated by robots and algorithms, we have to be constantly learning and finding new ways to create value for others.
While the digital economy is booming, the demand for many traditional, high-paying professionals like lawyers, accountants, academics and middle management is decreasing due to what’s being called the robot revolution. This doesn’t mean these jobs will disappear by any means but the competition is increasing fast in the traditional professions, which means many people entering these professions are working more for less money.
Fortunately, there are new industries where hierarchies aren’t well-established because the skills required to do the work have only been around for a few years. It is these new industries that will drive the next economic boom. If you want to position yourself to make a much higher income, you should start learning the highly-paid digital skills in the emerging industries of what’s being called the Innovation Economy.
This new innovation-driven digital economy requires creative workers who are highly curious, adopt new technologies before everyone else and embrace the lifelong path of constantly improving their technical, creative and social abilities. To make learning easier, a new generation of innovative online education platforms have emerged to help lifelong learners break into the industries of the future.
Based on current technology trends, here are digital careers where the demand in the next decade will outstrip the supply of people with the necessary skills and training:
Using open source design and 3D printing it is now possible to bring manufacturing to the desktop. The demand for craftsmen skilled in 3D Printing in the 2020s is going to be huge as on-shoring leads to the return of manufacturing to wealthy countries.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. This includes everything from smartphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.
With attention spans declining and information overload making advertising more challenging, digital marketing demands storytellers and content creators that also have technical skills like analytical ability and strategic business thinking.
While robots are replacing manual labor and service-industry jobs, the new employment opportunities are for people to design, build and service robots. While robotics technicians or robotics engineers involve skills that are not easily mastered, you can start laying a learning foundation to see if you have the aptitude to succeed in this growing industry.
The wars of the future will be fought in cyberspace. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and cybersecurity involves protecting networks, computers, programs, and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.
The new high-paid rockstars of the software engineering industry are data scientists. With so much data being accumulated, cutting edge companies need data scientists with both analytical and social skills to make sense of the data to optimize business processes.
Robots took the jobs of factory workers. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will take the jobs of office workers. The new jobs will be understanding how artificial intelligence can be applied to business processes and social challenges and managing new AI systems that work more efficiently than humans.
What’s behind the driverless cars? Artificial Intelligence, or more specifically a type of specialized AI called Deep Learning. It is part of a broader family of machine learning methods based on simulating neural networks and learning data representations, as opposed to task-specific algorithms.
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