We have entered the digital era of humanity over the past couple of decades. Technology is all around us and we are becoming increasingly reliant on it. The rise of the data economy and the power of machines to extract value from it is giving rise to artificial intelligence through machine learning.
What will the future blue collar job look like in a world where machines are designed to automate and make us more efficient?
If machines and programs are going to take over tasks that are able to be automated for the benefit of company margins and growth, where will that leave us as human beings?
Well for one there will be a major demand for human’s to do human things. I wrote an article on this recently that goes into great detail on this topic.
Programming and coding is going to be in very high demand the coming decades for the very simple reason that before automation through machine can happen, people need to program the machines and code the software and applications.
It is expected that automation is projected to take over up to 47% of U.S. jobs in the next two decades, according to a joint study conducted by Oxford University and the Oxford Martin School.
This creates enormous opportunity for employment in the programming and coding sector which may just be the next “blue collar job” in human evolution.
A Ball State University study concluded that almost nine out of 10 jobs have been lost to automation since 2000, and a factory in China just saw a 250 percent increase in production after replacing 90 percent of its workforce with automated systems.
The signs are all around us. How does someone go broke? Slowly…and than all of a sudden. Right now, we are in this slow phase and often turning a blind eye to what is happening.
The information technology industry is expected to grow faster than almost any other, with some predicting a 12 percent growth between 2014 to 2024.
But what are we teaching our kids and students soon to be our workforce? Should programming and coding take a much bigger part in school and university curriculum?
Silicon Valley giants like Google have initiatives designed to engage and teach anyone interested in programming. Schools are working to introduce coding as early as high school, while various other institutions are offering intensive code-learning programs.
Here is a nice video to watch on this topic:
And the icing on the cake: The US national average salary for IT related jobs is double the national average for all jobs: $81,000 annually.
Learn how to program machines and the applications they run. This is a skill that will be in very high demand the coming decade.