Since the beginning of technology, people have been afraid that robots and other automations were going to take all our jobs. As technology advances, it has found its way into more and more fields of employment and lead to a disruption in the employment landscape. And while tech has taken over many repetitive and time-consuming jobs, it has also created just as many more or jobs in its wake.
For example, the dire future predicted for accountants and financial analysist when Excel and Lotus 123 was put to bed when they could do their jobs faster, quicker, and more accurately. Financial analysts became super analysts that were hired en masse by businesses around the world. Looking at the technology field alone, a huge talent gap left a shortage of over 1 million experts in 2016 – a need that will grow as more advancements take place and take over more roles.
Those losing their jobs to technology may not have the skills needed to fill the open positions that same technology has created. Training for those jobs takes time (and money), but advancements in technology have created advancements in education, too. Personalization and optimization in learning equals the ability to learn new skills in shorter amounts of time. Advancements are making it easier for non-technically inclined people to gather the information they need to be able to do their jobs better, too. They are also complementing human efforts by helping fill gaps in much needed fields, such as medicine.
You can read more about how technology is changing the employment landscape here.