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The Future of IT Jobs: How to beat the machines

Originally Published:
Jul 2015

Throughout human history new inventions have been intended to lighten workloads and make life easier. While machinery developments such as the steam engine have facilitated travel and industry – not to mention making workers safer by performing risky or dangerous tasks - the flip side to this concept has been the threat to worker occupations. Workloads now in the domain of machines which were previously handled by humans put those humans at risk for unemployment or career extinction.

Today the stakes are being raised even further. Other more modern examples of threatened job obsolescence involve technological changes which have reduced the need for human intervention.

Automation is one such area which has tremendous potential both for benefit and for job losses. While some automation such as laundry machines and dishwashers have reduced burden on consumers, they likely also have had a negative impact on workers who previously filled those roles. Nowhere is automation more prevalent than in technology, and one such famous example is Google’s driverless car, which one day might reduce accidents, drunken driving and travel stress, but may also eliminate taxi and limo drivers.

TechRepublic conducted a study on the effects of automation on IT in June 2015. We asked 353 respondents what, where and how they were automating, where automation wasn’t a fit, how and where automation has impacted jobs at their organization, whether (and how) companies are relocating or training employees for other roles and what employees are doing with their skills sets in response to the potential threat of automation.

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