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The Future of Coding Jobs

It’s 2017. Technology is changing rapidly. The devices we’re using today will become inferior technology within the next ten years, and society will have moved on to the bigger and better thing. Students entering the market for a career need to keep their head on a swivel and look five years in advance – always asking the questions “will my job exist in the future, or will I be replaced by a robot?” or “Will the skills I’m learning today still be applicable after everything becomes automated?” or “Am I at risk of being replaced by outsourcing or role consolidation?”

I've gathered my list of predictions*: here’s what I think will change in the technology employment atmosphere in the next one, five, and ten years.

One year from now: 2018

Students look towards more return on education – and that means less liberal arts educations.

As the job market for traditional blue-collar jobs gets tighter and tighter – the demand for technology and the amount of tech-related employment opportunities will flourish. Four-year universities will start to add accelerated technology and coding programs to their existing computer science departments, in an effort to meet the skills demand but also keep up with enrollment demands. Students, on the other hand, might second-guess a traditional education, because they’ve seen people graduate from four-year colleges have a tough time finding a new job.

Five years from now: 2022

Public funding for higher education decreases. Demand for alternative access to skills rises.

(This prediction very much depends on the political horizon of higher ed and government budgeting as a whole - and it’s hard to guess what will happen in that space without making assumptions or being silly.) Innovations in instruction (artificial intelligence, robo-teachers) will be present but not fully utilized. The gap of distance learning will start to shut: remote and online educations will be less stigmatized and more commonplace. There’s a remote and online option for every type of skills training.

Ten years from now – 2027

A new generation of realizing four-year education can’t keep up with automation and artificial intelligence.

Almost all education is done online. Curricula will have shifted from humanitarian and liberal arts, into cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchains and cryptocurrency. Young adults emerging into the workforce will have interacted with technology from a very young age. With the advances in technology comes an increase in operational costs, so schools will need to be ready to meet that demand.

As you’ve probably heard before – learning how to build and communicate with technology is an intelligent way to keep up with the pace of society. Whether we like it or not, everything in the modern day world is speeding up – so we need to learn the skills to keep up with that pace. Our ultimate prediction: the impact of accelerated learning programs has been huge, and will continue to reshape the future of higher education.

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* A note from Corinne: these are just my thoughts and opinions. They don't represent Skills Fund, and any statements made here are coming from me directly.

Sources: Fast Company, InfoWorld, Java World