Doing the Jobs America Won’t Have

Probably most here are already well-advised of the many benefits from immigration we enjoy. By “we” I mean of course those of us on the Technology CEO Council. The program is really quite simple: we insource design, outsource manufacturing, import a subsidized consumer base, and offload social costs. And we do it all selflessly for The Economy. But besides he and we, others benefit as well. Blue collar workers no longer need take dirty and dangerous work that can be performed much cheaper by Mexicans. Similarly, grueling STEM studies and pointy protractors are but shades of the past for American students, whose services are hardly now required. There are no losers here.

There is simply much needed workers harvesting software that would otherwise rot in the SAN. Jobs Americans won’t do. Well unfortunately they are also jobs that in future America may not even exist–which makes them even more critical to triple-fill immediately. Here’s the story.

It is a sobering thought that in 10 years, around 65 percent of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the Department of Labor.

In Australia, there are reports that up to half a million existing jobs could be taken over by robotics or machines run by artificial intelligence.

So with smarter computers taking on more of the work that people currently do, we are left to wonder what jobs there might be left for us humans.

Almost any job that can be described as a “process” could be done by a computer, whether that computer is housed in a robot or embedded somewhere out of sight.

So if intelligent machines can take over many of the jobs of today, what can you do to ensure your job prospects in the future?

In his book “Five Minds for the Future,” the Harvard professor Howard Gardner makes the case for cultivating a disciplined mind — bringing attention to a laser-like focus and drilling down to the essence of a subject, perceiving the simple truth of it.

Look I understand as well as any SJW 👯 or CEO 💵 how disciplined are the minds of encroaching Middle-easterners. Though I wonder if the cloistered Harvard lecturer realizes how literally some of America’s future unemployed take his advice on drilling down into the essence.

Then it’s important to take this clarity to the next level by combining multiple ideas in new ways to create something interesting and perhaps useful. This is done by the synthesizing mind and the creative mind.

Well fuck, if that’s all there is to it my brow has been furrowed needlessly. We’ll simply have to advise millions of squatting illiterate Central American Indians that they will need to…what was it again? Yes, take their clarity to the next level by combining multiple ideas in new ways by synthesizing the creative mind. This is very close to the verbiage I intend to deploy when next issuing work orders to my platoon of inebriated landscapers. Jose, you and the boys synthesize the shit out of this hedge row. I’ll be back with burritos for lunch.

Gardner also describes the respectful mind that values diversity in people and looks for positive ways to interact, thus overcoming the “us and them” instinct that still creates so much conflict in human affairs.

Building on this is the ethical mind, of one who thinks about the big picture and how personal needs can be brought into alignment with the greater good of the community. These are skills for a globally connected world.

Isn’t that sweet? “The Respectful Mind” is the first image conjured when I ponder say Somalis in Minneapolis. Always they value diversity in people, looking for positive ways to interact your skull with a tire iron. Though I’ll be waiting very patiently for the moment Professor Gardner alights upon the first instance of their not acting on that highly adaptive “us and them” instinct.

The future will see a host of new technologies for creating and communicating content. In-demand workers will be able to critically assess this content and find ways to communicate it to good effect.

Communication skills have always been important and will remain so.

Knowing how to deal with large data sets will be a handy skill: finding ways to make sense of the data and turn it into useful information.

This could involve devising new, multi-disciplinary and perhaps unconventional approaches to the challenges.

People will need to be even better at managing the cognitive load. They should have the thinking skills to filter the deluge and find optimum solutions to problems.

Readers presumably understand that I am not fabricating these quotes. The Washington Post–and I’m certain the vast majority of Harvard’s faculty–implores us to embrace the third world’s human flotsam and then primly explain (in 47 tongues) that…well…critically assessing content, manipulating data sets, and dining on cognitive loads with fava beans and a nice chianti are the skills they’ll need to quickly acquire in modern America. This doesn’t sound entirely feasible.

All of this leads us to the question; what actual jobs are likely to be in demand?

The IT sector is likely to need:

information security analysts, big data analysts, artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, applications developers for mobile devices, web developers, database administrators, business intelligence analysts, gamification designers, business/systems analysts and ethicists.

In other disciplines, there will be a need for:

engineers of all kinds, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, project managers, specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians, psychologists, health services managers, schoolteachers, market research analysts, sales reps and construction workers (particularly bricklayers and carpenters).

On the downside, occupations likely to shrink in demand include:

agricultural workers, postal service workers, sewing machine operators, switchboard operators, data entry clerks and word processor typists.

To position yourself favorably for the jobs of the future, become someone who can look at problems in unorthodox ways, seeing different angles and finding workable solutions.

Be a multi-disciplinary, insatiably curious person who knows how to use the tools to model ideas and create prototypes. Possessed of an open mind and few fixed ideas about how things should be done, you nonetheless have a strong conscience and can operate outside of your comfort zone to achieve win-win outcomes. You are known for your integrity and resilience.

In the brave new world of the coming age of intelligent machines, it is these essentially human qualities that will be more important than ever. Some things will never change because human nature is what it is.

Finally, the concluding sentence correct. Though to labor through such ridiculous cant and jargon to reach it. If tenure grants license to print such pap, I can understand why it is so coveted. Take the chunky argot of overpaid pompous pedants and blend until creamy. Then serve to the hoi polloi as illumination of the future.

Honey, I know you’re a nurse and me an accountant, but I just read that some very sharp guy from Harvard said we’ll need to be ‘unorthodox, multi-disciplined, and insatiable’ in the future if we want to feed our children. So…umm…I guess we better start working on that.

To conclude with our labor requirements:
Critical thinking
With integrity
And insatiable curiosity

When one evaluates the Earth’s necessarily microscopic pool of such rare talent, what source location might first spring to mind as that from which to logically draw it? That’s easy.



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