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Careers That Will Be Most Affected By Computer Technology

Will the computer technology negatively or positively impact my career? This is a question on the minds of many workers who feel jittery about the bushfire-like growth of computer technology. A study in 2013 by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology reveals that 47 per cent of American jobs are under threat from computer technology. An opinion piece by James Bessen in 2014, meanwhile, reports that the fast-paced computer technology will spell doom for other careers while giving a boost to others.

Publishing and journalism

The expansion of the Internet has seen many Internet-savvy people turn online for news items and information. The print media, subsequently, has struggled to maintain profits with the increased digitalization of news gathering and reporting. With these dwindling profits, a career in journalism might mean job cuts are a possibility. The publishing industry will also be affected because of the increased popularity of eBooks. Adapting your activities to an online format would help cope with the emergence of the digital, even enabling journalists to reach out the target audience on the Internet.

Security sector

The advancement of computer technology has been profound in the security sector in the aftermath of 9/11. As an employee involved in this industry, additional training will be required to bring you up to speed with the latest security technologies to improve your efficiency and enhance the security in your area of jurisdiction. Examples of modern security apparatus that will affect jobs in the security industry include retinal scans, international identification databases, and thumbprint scans.

Banking industry

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) had some good news for those with a career in banking when it revealed that employment of bank tellers had increased with the advent of automated teller machines (ATMs). This was occasioned by the reduced costs of operating bank branches thanks to the emergence of this technology. Consequently, banks are in a position to open more branches and employ more tellers in a bid to satisfy the demands of their clients.

Teachers

If you fancy a career in teaching, be prepared to come across various technologies that will impact the execution of your duties. Computer-based teaching will involve the use of computer technology in giving notes to students, grading their work or assessing their assignments for plagiarism. Furthermore, you could use Skype to set up video conferences between your students and guest lecturers from whatever location. Training could be required to sharpen your skills in using these technological gadgets effectively.

Fraud detection and patient monitoring

Being employed in fraud detection or patient monitoring might be a mountainous process considering the emergence of software that allows for the analysis, comparison and diagnosis of complex data. A case in point is the pattern recognition software that helps analyze clinical trials, journals, patient records and medical reports. It avoids the human errors often experienced when the analysis of this big data is delegated to people, which also takes time and money. In this case, job cuts for people tasked with detection of data or monitoring patient records might be a possibility.

The key to coping with the growth of computer technology is to improve your creative and social skills to safeguard your job. Try to understand the various technologies affecting your line of work. You will be able to see that the growth of computer technology not only destroys careers but also creates new and better jobs.

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