Republic: Technology is changing our job market

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Arizona Republic reported that while future changes in the job market are simply guesses and impossible to know, panelists at the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s State of Our State Conference contemplate what will happen to our economy as the pace of automation accelerates with autonomous vehicles and self-service food kiosks.

Jobs most likely to be eliminated through automation are telemarketers, accountants, retail workers, real estate professionals and typists, said Senior Fellow Megan Garcia at the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank focused on adapting society to technology.

Of course, some jobs are unlikely to be eliminated, Garcia said.

"It is very, very unlikely a kindergarten teacher will be automated anytime soon," she said.

While the job losses are projected to be concentrated in specific geographic areas, the jobs created because of technology will not necessarily be in the communities hit by the losses, said Luke Tate, an assistant vice president and executive director of ASU Opportunity Initiatives.

Jaime Casap, an educational evangelist for Google said automation is not necessarily eliminating all jobs.

"Information is affecting all of our jobs," he said. "Automation is not something that is new. It has been happening since the first farmer used a machine. The difference is it is happening much faster than it used to."

Children today learn differently than their parents because of the availability of information and they need to be educated accordingly, he said.

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