If you’re reading this blog, you are very aware of the Internet. But have you heard of the Internet of Things? As more and more devices get connected to online and offline networks, from household appliances to nuclear power plants, we are in fact experiencing the growth of a new Internet. One of connected things, rather than people. As that network of everyday objects grows, more jobs will inevitably be needed. In today’s blog, we talk about where those jobs are expected to crop up, what kinds of jobs they will likely be, and what industries will be likely to see increased demand in response to that growth.
The Impact on Business
Just as manual labor experienced a revolution after the installation of machinery in the workforce, the internet of things is expected to have significant impact on the way business is done. It is likely that productivity will increase, that many jobs will be automated, and even replaced. While some will see this as a worrisome disruption of the job market, they fail to consider that it will also likely create new jobs that we have yet to consider necessary. Advances in technology often have a way of both disrupting and facilitating the growth of business. The truth is, we can’t always see exactly how a new technology will impact an industry, we can only expect changes to be required from both the business and the human resources perspective.
The Growth of New Jobs
It is to be expected that certain types of jobs will likely become less necessary, but it is also expected that this new economy will require new jobs, such as interdisciplinary and hybrid jobs. We may very well start to see how IT and medicine, IT and energy, or robotics and agriculture have each combined traditional industries to form new, exciting job opportunities already on an upward trajectory. New jobs will likely build off of old jobs that will always require a human touch, such as management, design, marketing, research, and sales.
Types of Jobs Likely to Enter the Market
As industries are likely to merge in response to the changing technological landscape, new types of jobs are likely to be born of that shift. To build off one of the industry examples mentioned above, the use of medical robots will require designers, technicians, and doctors well versed in both IT and medicine to ensure the success of these new, potentially life-saving devices. In the energy industry, network technicians and cyber security professionals are two examples of present day jobs born out of the changes the industry has seen in recent years.
Interdisciplinary sciences and studies will see a steep increase in value as a result of the changing technological landscape. Most industries will require a significant increase in IT and technological skills as automation becomes more standard. Skills such as software development will likely become as valuable as team management. For now, the change in technology can be seen in the simple need for current employees to learn new technologies and programs to increase their productivity. In five to 10 years, nobody truly knows what new jobs and hybrid industries will be the norm. That’s innovation for you.
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