Artificial intelligence in particular and technology, in general, are often blamed for eliminating jobs, but the truth is much more complex than that. While some jobs have indeed been eliminated by the advent of technology, a majority of them involved humans taking on dangerous and potentially life-threatening roles.
Robots in mines and factories, threat detection technology empowered by AI algorithms, and several other implementations of modern technology have essentially reduced fatalities among workers in dangerous segments to an impressive and significant degree.
Even setting aside all of that, technology has created far more career options than it has eliminated. To give our readers a better perspective on this, let’s now discuss a few of those important opportunities that would not even exist today had it not been for the rapidly advance in technology that we have all witnessed in the last few years.
Jobs in Social Media
Social media may have initially started out as a platform for people around the world to connect and share, but it soon branched out into much more than just that. Today, the branding and marketing potential of social media channels is more profound for most businesses than everything else, including offline marketing channels.
As should be obvious, this has naturally created a whole range of career paths related to social media and marketing. Out of the many, the role of the social media manager deserves special mention because it is one that didn’t exist just a decade ago, but as things stand today, they have become indispensable members of modern marketing teams. Some social media managers even have their own departments in companies, where social media management is of utmost importance to the company’s business.
Although the exact role of the social media manager will vary in accordance with the company and field that they are currently working in, at its core, their jobs involve maintaining every aspect of a corporation’s social media presence on any one or multiple of the social media platforms. It will most likely also involve analyzing the data collected from social media analytics so that coherent, customer behavior patterns can be developed to direct future planning.
Merging Engineering and Management into a Single Career Path
It wasn’t too long ago that the business and engineering aspects of a company were kept separate. That, however, is no longer an applicable division since, these days, engineers often complete their MBAto further broaden their career prospects after having already gained significant experience. The development of the online engineering management degree is a fairly recent one, though, and it’s one step ahead of the game.
Completing the tech-centric business management program also empowers engineers to handle roles within the more hardcore business sector of the IT industry that they were simply not trained to take on previously.
Digital Marketing: An Entire Industry Born Out of Digital Technology
To be precise, digital marketing is not just a job, an opportunity, or even a broad career prospect. Rather, it is a full-on, separate industry all on its own. Digital marketing envelops everything from email and SEO marketing to social media marketing, So, in other words, if a branding or marketing campaign is conducted online, it is a part of the digital marketing industry.
The job profiles associated with digital marketing are vast as this is an entire industry on its own. SEO experts, content marketers, web content providers, content writers, content developers, web photographers, web developers, etc. are all part of the digital marketing industry. In the absence of the highly developed and commercialized internet that we have come to know today, these jobs wouldn’t exist because the entire industry as a whole wouldn’t exist either.
Mobile App Development
The smartphone revolution has been the single biggest, unified step taken by the civilized world in the last decade. It may seem mundane at this point, but this has changed everything and, in turn, has created multiple other job opportunities in a spiraling effect. However, none of those jobs have been more influential in bringing about the revolution as well as growing a new field of job prospects for software programmers.
Software as a Service: Another Industry Born Out of Digital Technology
Maximizing the potentials of cloud computing, Software as a Service, or SaaS, is everywhere today in the B2B sector. Cloud storage, database management, CRM, virtual office tools, advanced email clients, networking tools, analytics management, and various other IT services are all businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of people under them. Just like digital marketing, it’s an entire industry that we are talking about here, so the number of jobs it has created are numerous.
Keep in mind that most of these are only broad sectors and can each be further subdivided into multiple other categories that have all provided many jobs to the population. That, in itself, stands as a testament to the fact that technology has helped create more jobs than it has eliminated them in the past few years. Although it’s easy to forget at times, the truth is that modern civilization as we know it wouldn’t even exist had it not been for the constant innovations in technology across all fields of life, ranging from healthcare and medicine to manufacturing and engineering. This has not just produced jobs but entire industries that will continue to create more career paths and opportunities as we head further towards the deeper end of the ongoing technological revolution.
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