Report Finds Rise of Automation Will Require Training Boost in Coming Years
The need for tech skills will increase by 50 percent in the next 12 years
Will the robots take our jobs? Maybe, maybe not, but at the very least they might require us to get more job-related training.
The rise of automation will require a constant change in workforce skills over the next few years—a trend that has been evident since 2002 but is likely to accelerate, according to a new study from McKinsey & Company. Automation will reduce the number of hours that people spend carrying out physical and basic cognitive tasks and increase time spent doing work requiring technological, social, and high-level cognitive skills. The need for tech skills will increase by 50 percent in the U.S. between now and 2030, the study says, with high-level IT and programming skills most in demand.
“People with these skills will inevitably be a minority,” the report states. “However, there is also a significant need for everyone to develop basic digital skills for the new age of automation.”
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