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The tech revolution could change (or erase) your job by 2020

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 26, 2016
If you’re in computer science, engineering or math, the news isn't so grim.

That makes sense to Moorhead.

"If you have sensors and wireless communications on your gas meters, you don't need as many people checking those gas meters," he explained. "But you need people to monitor the sensors and to design and develop the systems that do that."

In the technical field, the biggest drivers of change will be the cloud and mobility, followed by processing power and big data. New energy supplies will be followed by the Internet of Things, reported the World Economic Forum.

And technical skills alone won't be enough to get that great job. Survey respondents said they want people who also show sound social skills, like persuasion, emotional intelligence and the ability to teach others.

"[They] will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control," the report said. "In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills."

 

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