How New Technologies Impact Higher Education Trends and InnovationsTechnology makes all of our lives simpler. We all enjoy the innovations that come along and improve our quality of life. It is hard to think of many drawbacks to the quick pace at which new technology is being created and adopted.

However, if there is a common criticism we hear, it’s that new technology will decrease job openings moving forward.  If the future plays out like the past, it is likely true that some jobs will become obsolete. Just think of the way industrialization changed the face of the work place. The more automated our daily routines became the more jobs were replaced with machinery.

A popular statistic has estimated that about 47% of jobs will be replaced by emerging technology, but as terrifying as that may sound, others speculate that the new technology will require new kinds of jobs. So, the jobs won’t simply disappear, but they will change.

How will the changing needs of the workforce impact higher education trends and innovations? Well, you may find that the technology you train on your first year of college is outdated by your last year of college. However, as long as you are at a school that is being aggressive about their adoption of new technology you will have the cutting edge training that your counterparts already in the workforce will not. Also, you ability to adapt to new technology as it emerges may be more important than your level of training and experience with any one technology.

According to the Huffington Post article, “Everything You Think You Know About the History and Future of Jobs is Likely Wrong,” by Scott Santens, higher education will be more important in the future than ever before.

“There does tend to be one caveat to this dismissal of automation fears — that most of all of these high-skill jobs will require high-skill labor, and thus a highly skilled workforce which in turn will require more education. So of course the answer to what could otherwise be a somewhat thorny future, is simply education, education, and more education.”

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