What will jobs look like in 2030 and what skills will be in greatest demand? Not easy to guess! But Information Technology is sure to be – may be in an altogether transformed fashion. IT is to be there all the time to employ us and continue to impact our lives inside out.
IT- reshaping lives!
IT is already transforming our homes in ways we could not have dreamed of only a few years ago, and these same technologies are also re-shaping the workplace and how we work and interact. This will have major implications for underlying business models and the way in which work is organised.
Future of IT
The Future of Information Technology and Implications for URI (Uniform Resource Identifier- example: the Web page address ) Technology Change over the Next Ten Years Technology will be radically different with great improvements in increasingly shorter time spans as it becomes more personalized, more customized and more customizable. Just as automobile engines are no longer within the capabilities of the home “shade tree mechanic,” IT will be complex to troubleshoot and integrate.
Key things to remember!
Important thing to remember is: Technology is improving geometrically and so data will also grow geometrically. Bandwidth is already growing geometrically. IT is unstoppable and has already intruded in every industry and business and set to lead growth in the job market in the immediate and distant future. The integration of technologies will expand, including communications, computing, audio, video, handwriting and speech recognition, facial recognition, virtual keyboards and virtual screens, while becoming much smaller and more powerful.
These apart, much more would change – like:
- Interfaces will improve where speech and handwriting recognition will be virtually flawless.
- Devices the size of today’s smallest phones will have projection capabilities permitting viewing on virtually any screen size desired as well as through glasses and contact lenses.
- Computers with the power of today’s supercomputers will be available for access from small mobile devices.
- Large databases (video data alone is doubling every two years) will require unprecedented collaborations, storage, compute power, archiving, and analysis.
- The ability to use, create, manipulate, and integrate large amounts of data will become an essential component of research in the 21st Century, requiring investments in staff and software with that special emphasis to assist domain scientists.
- Cloud computing will seamlessly provide much of the necessary compute resources (CPU, memory, and disk storage) as needed.
And so everyone will expect to access whatever computing and technology they require, wherever they are, whenever they need it. The job market in IT technology in terms of its forward and backward integration would be huge though increasingly demand for skills and knowledge.
Direct & Indirect employment
The potential contribution of IT to employment generation is both direct and indirect. Growth in computer hardware and software industries is generating direct jobs in India. Indirectly, the adoption of computer technology by other industries expands the range of services they provide and can stimulate more rapid growth of these sectors.
The indirect impact of IT is far larger than the direct impact. In the USA, it is estimated that for every direct job created in the IT industry, a minimum of ten additional IT-related jobs have been created in other industries in which IT is applied. This does not include the non-IT jobs created by the growth of other sectors of the economy under the stimulus of information technology.
Scene in India
India’s Ministry of Labour & Employment has just released their Quarterly report on “Changes in Employment in Selected Cities” which revealed that employment generation has increased 118 per cent as 2.75 lakh new jobs have been created between July and December, 2014. The highlight is: Of these jobs ITeS and BPO sector created most number of new jobs: 89,000.
Job-creating & labour saving
IT is both a labour-creating and labour-saving technology. As the introduction of automated machines replaced manual labour in factories and on fields, it was once believed that the spread of computer technology would result in massive job destruction. However, two decades of experience has demonstrated that the reverse is actually the case!