The fastest emerging careers today relate to fields like forensic science, health care, national security, geriatric care management, genetics, and cyber security. Computer security is also an already emerging speciality. Improved computer graphics have led to a variety of animation specialities. Other emerging job positions include Internet development specialist, multimedia specialist and wireless communications technician. Nursing informatics is an upcoming career that involves skills in nursing, computer science and information technology. New medical imaging techniques have given rise to radiological specialties. When your child is looking for their dream job, their skills must be relevant; technology is moving so fast and in new ways that we may never have imagined.
Converged Infrastructure (the combining of server, storage, networking, virtualization, and automation software into a single platform), SDN (an approach to computer networking), BYOD (an increasing tendency among employees to bring/use their own devices to work and connect them to the corporate network), Virtualization (the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including computer hardware, Operating System or computer network resources for example), Software Defined Storage (SDS for storage optimization methods), and “The Cloud,”(cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service when and where needed) are concepts still new to most of us, but will be established if not redundant by the time our children are adults. Star Trek and other science fiction films are not so far from the reality of our children's future lives...
Occupations that may emerge from unforeseen technological breakthroughs include artificial intelligence technician, aqua culturist, automotive fuel cell battery technician, benefits analyst, bionic electron technician, computational linguist, computer microprocessor, cryonics technician, dialysis technologist, electronic mail technician and space mechanic.
What do these trends mean? And what new technologies are going to be important for employers, vendors, and employees is hard to say...
At the top end employees will need to be current, flexible, adaptable and willing to learn. Keeping-up with the pace of modern advances is going to be crucial, and a solid foundation in maths and Englishlanguage skills is going to be more important than ever. Mediocrity is not an option, they must have expertise and experience of the emerging technologies. At ground level, since so many of our everyday functions like banking, driving, paying for groceries, etc. now involve computers, so the people who have the skills to keep our computers in working shape will be in high demand, like our plumbers and electricians are at present. The opportunities for people will be infinite and if tapped correctly, this trend could bring economic stability and more job satisfaction. Just as the Industrial Revolution did in its day!
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