Back in the early 90s, the idea that computerization would begin to affect people’s jobs stopped becoming fantasy and started to become a real problem that people would have to think about.
It affected low-paid manual workers first, with those employed to work on production lines being the first to suffer. It turned out robots were more productive at tasks such as sticking labels or lids on packaging.
Soon enough, even more advanced jobs began to be threatened. We’re starting to see self-checkouts replace retail staff, for example.
And it’s only going to get worse. There’s even talk of ‘smart contract’ technology being utilized in the blockchain eventually replacing lawyers. Whether or not you believe a world without lawyers is a wonderful thing, this illustrates the growing threat of computerization rather well. Being a lawyer has been judged by society as one of the top prestigious job after all.
So, what about jobs in IT?
On first glance, jobs in IT may be one of the safest from the threat of computerization. They’re the ones programming and correcting the computers, after all. But is that the case? It could actually be argued that IT workers are actually among the most threatened of their jobs being made redundant – but also that they are in the best position to prevent this from happening.
The key for these individuals is to keep up-to-date with new trends. They have to learn skills, while mastering new hardware and software in order to remain relevant. Just as an IT expert who has mastered the first edition of the Apple Mac wouldn’t be much use today, an individual who knew everything there was to know about today’s equipment wouldn’t be worth hiring in ten years’ time – unless they updated their skills.
There are few positions where your knowledge has remain up-to-date as much as IT expert. Interestingly, ‘lawyer’ is one of the few jobs where this is required.
The growth of IT jobs
Thankfully, demand for IT jobs continues to grow across the world. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we became increasingly in need of people who can explain how it works – and fix it when things go wrong. It’s resulted in parts of the world that you never would have imagined becoming ‘tech hubs’. If you’re after companies that provide managed IT services, Miami could now be a great place to look. Barcelona is forming its own base of tech-friendly startups as well. With these blazing hot party cities turning into tech hubs, the stereotype of IT workers not liking to go outside and socialize is slowly melting.
How to survive a career in IT
The road has been laid out. If you want a long and prestigious career in IT, the world has essentially become your oyster. You could chase a career in tech support or IT consulting in Miami. In order to benefit from this globalization fully, you’ll need to keep up to date with the latest trends. Many professionals would agree that this is a fair trade.