Career College Central

Career College Central - October 2020

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 8 of 55

Subscribe at 9 First, millions of peoples' jobs actually were deemed possible to be replaced by artificial intelligence, as many have predicted for years. "is pandemic has created a very strong incentive to automate the work of human beings," says Daniel Susskind, a fellow in economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and the author of A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond, to TIME Magazine. "Machines don't fall ill, they don't need to isolate to protect peers, they don't need to take time off work." Second, large corporations toying with the pros and cons of primarily remote workforces were forced into testing the concept almost overnight. is reinforced their reliance on cloud solutions and intelligent automation, which are needed to bolster their workers' ability to access the information and systems needed to do their jobs. While IT solutions are necessary to connect workers to their processes, so are IT professionals. at means many skilled IT workers are needed to scale access to systems, ensure security of remote access, and design new solutions for newly- remote workforces. is, inherently, makes the IT sector nearly immune to the changes referenced by Susskind. Aer all, for the foreseeable future at least, artificial intelligence cannot effectively or efficiently teach its own kind. So, as many occupational sectors experienced a downturn during the first half of 2020—and others may never fully recover—information technology was not among the affected. Instead, many positions in the IT field are in high demand and expected to grow more quickly than average over the next decade. In addition to this stability, the average information technology worker can be expected to earn more than double the median annual salary of all workers, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). So while moving into most IT careers does require an investment in higher education, the payoff could be worthwhile. If you're looking to get into an IT career, you should also be aware that while these professions don't typically require any official on-the-job training or recertification, a love for learning is almost a prerequisite due to how quickly foundational technologies evolve. "You should be constantly evaluating whether you have the necessary skills to remain relevant and get ahead, and whether your career progression is aligning with your own goals and aspirations," says Jim Johnson, senior vice president of Robert Half Technology. ose who begin careers in information technology, however, more oen than not love the challenge of lifelong skill-building. In Glassdoor's annual report of the 50 Best Jobs in America, 20 jobs on this year's list are from the tech sector and all of the top seven on the list are in IT.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Career College Central - Career College Central - October 2020