The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies (ET) is poised to reshape the workforce. While the exact impact of AI and ET is unclear, experts expect that many jobs currently performed by humans will be performed by robots in the near future, and at the same time, new jobs will be created as technology advances.
Finding ways to better prepare our youth for the new workplace has recently taken on greater urgency among educators and policymakers. Across the country high schools are providing different programs -- such as career pathways and certifications - to acquaint teenagers with workplace demands. Yet we seem to be short on a potentially effective strategy - apprenticeships -- and how students may benefit from such programs.
The buzz is building for Amazon’s highly-touted HQ2, the company’s ambitious plan to build a secondary headquarters that could rival — or possibly surpass — its massive operation in Seattle. The stage is set, with 20 finalists now in the running for a new headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 workers.
Across the country, there are nearly 6.9 million scientists and engineers, representing 4.8 percent of the nation’s workforce. There are 20 states having at least 100,000 workers in these occupations. Scientists and engineers are concentrated around the nation’s capital, making up the largest share of the workforce in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
It's a common complaint and worry among manufacturers today that they face a serious skills gap. There's been plenty of ink spilled about the critical need for people trained in the skilled trades: electricians, welders, machinists, and so on. But the gap is much greater than the skilled trades, and goes to a breakdown in fundamental knowledge in working with one's hands, along with the dwindling desire to work in manufacturing.
Science and technology classes are crucial to prepare students with the skills they will need to be a part of the next workforce generation.
The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the US Department of Commerce. The unemployment rate sits at 3.7% - the lowest since 1969. On the other hand, earlier this week Verizon announced 44,000 layoffs to its global workforce, including a significant portion in the United States, and the outsourcing of 2,500-5,000 jobs to external contractors.
Although there are many factors that may contribute to the reason why there are so few women in the field, a piece of research from Stanford University aims to understand how negative stereotypes affect performance in academic setting. Professor Greg Walton from Stanford University published a study which aimed to understand the stereotype threat and overall scholastic performance.
How can we avoid a future of technology advancement leading to rising inequality, mass unemployment, and talent shortages? How do we move toward technology advancement leading to an age of good work, good jobs, and improved quality of life for all?