Since the invention of automation, the question has been, “Will technology replace humans?” However, recent reports and studies indicate that this is not the case. In contrast, the data shows robots are creating better, new jobs for our workforce…
Robots Create as Many Jobs as They Replace
Quick-service restaurant, Chipotle, even has a mechanical avocado prepper…
Despite that, the World Economics Forum says human workers haven’t lost the war to the machines.
Recently, WEC’s 2023 Future of Jobs Report found that over the next five years:
First, 60% of companies producing consumer products will lose work from automation, but…
60% OF COMPANIES DEALING IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES WILL NEED MORE HUMAN JOBS TO SERVICE ROBOTS.
Our robotic assistants already are creating demand for a human touch in companies like Zipline. The San Franciso company designs and manufactures delivery drones…
And, is currently seeking over 100 positions.
As it expands, the startup needs more flesh-and-bone workers to maintain its cyborg couriers. Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo Cliffton said this about automation:
“TECHNOLOGY IS SOMETIMES CHANGING THE NATURE OF JOBS, BUT TYPICALLY, IT’S JUST DRAMATICALLY INCREASING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF ANY GIVEN PERSON. BEFORE, WE WERE USING A HUMAN TO DO ONE DELIVERY AT A TIME DRIVING A CAR ONE AT A TIME TO GO AND MAKE DELIVERIES. NOW, WE’RE TRAINING THAT HUMAN TO MAINTAIN AND MANAGE A FLEET OF ROBOTS. SO THAT HUMAN CAN NOW DO 50 DELIVERIES IN AN HOUR RATHER THAN FIVE, AND THAT ENABLES US TO PAY THAT HUMAN A LOT MORE. THESE ARE JOBS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY REALLY WANT.”
So, it appears that robots aren’t exactly replacing us, just changing the kind of jobs that are in demand.
With that in mind, how tech-savvy do you have to be to get started?
Higher Education Not Necessary to Work with Robots
As it turns out, technology is moving so fast that the traditional educational system can’t keep up! That means a lot of the time, a degree isn’t required to start a career supporting automation.
Nonetheless, the president of the Association for Advancing Automation Jeff Burnstein says we need “technical skills,” not college.
“AS A COUNTRY, WE OFTEN HAVE A MINDSET THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET A GREAT JOB IS TO GO TO COLLEGE, GET A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE, GET A MASTER’S, GET A PH.D. — [THAT’S] NOT TRUE. THERE ARE COMPANIES HIRING PEOPLE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THIS LABOR SHORTAGE THAT THEY HAVE IN TERMS OF TECHNICAL SKILLS. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS AS A COUNTRY BECAUSE OTHERWISE, COMPANIES WHO WANT TO ADOPT AUTOMATION ARE CHALLENGED WITH THE ABILITY TO DO IT BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ANYBODY ON STAFF THAT KNOWS HOW TO OPERATE THE MACHINE.”
As robots create and replace jobs, the name of the game is to stay teachable and able to adapt.
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