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Technology Vs Jobs: Are We Creating Or Destroying Jobs With Technology?

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The “Technology Vs. Jobs” debate and how it relates to eliminating jobs isn’t anything new; as the world continues to advance it’s becoming more and more common. Sure in some cases the latest state of the art technologies does (and have) the potential of eliminating jobs but they also give us the ability to expand our career horizons and become “experts” in said innovative technologies. Following are just a few examples where technology is changing the workplace and either eliminating jobs or making them more interesting.

Legal Administrators And Secretaries

It doesn’t take real long to become a paralegal or other legal professional, but it isn’t exactly worth it if technology is going to take your place in the near future; right? Well only if you take a negative stance on innovative growth. Instead of fearing the future of technology when it relates to the paralegal industry; embrace it. Only employees without technological abilities and expertise are at high risk. A savvy worker will leverage their backgrounds for the latest, hybrid positions. What you should do if you’re looking for a career in this field today? Become a high tech whiz kid and make the effort to keep up with the latest software trends associated with the legal world.

Middle Class Wages

Most of the jobs being replaced by the latest technologies are in market sectors that pay middle class wages. From huge corporations to start ups, university libraries to doctor’s offices, all are using swiftly improving technology to carry out tasks that we as humans used to do. This means that there’s the potential of millions of employees getting caught up in a competition they can’t win against technologies that keep getting more powerful, easier to use and less expensive than a human employee.

To get a better understanding of the impact of technology on work opportunities, The Associated Press examined employment data from 20 countries; and questioned economists, robot manufacturers, technology experts, CEO’s, software developers and employees who are competing with today’s smart machines. The AP reported that nearly all the jobs that were disappearing were in industries that paid middle class wages that ranged between $38,000 and $68,000.

Medical Industries

In the medical industry, training considerations like forensic nursing programs are already incorporating technology into their studies. Forensic nursing involves the care of perpetrators and/or victims of crime while collecting forensic evidence regarding the incident and as technology weaves its way into every aspect of the process it’s not a big surprise that solving crimes has become even more exciting and almost futuristic in its incredible advances.

From trace evidence chemistry to state of the art retinal scanning, today’s forensic technologies are so advanced at assisting in solving crimes that they appear to be right out of a science fiction novel. The advancement of technology is generating wondrous services and products that at one time were unthinkable. Sure some of today’s technologies may eliminate jobs but any savvy job candidate will make themselves more valuable by garnering the knowledge that will keep them under great demand.

Sources:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/paralegal_jobs_being_overtaken_by_technology_analysis_reports/
http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/515926/how-technology-is-destroying-jobs/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/smart-machines-job-article-1.1246522

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