Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 17, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #11 – Future Technical Jobs Exercise

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #11 – Future Technical Jobs Exercise

We’ve all heard about the jobs that will be lost during the emerging-technology revolution. But how do we figure out what new jobs will be created?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Here’s a little exercise we can do for ourselves.

  • Step 1 – Pick an emerging technology (such as a robot that cleans houses, a 3-D printer that prints three scoops of ice cream in a sugar cone, or a quantum dot).
  • Step 2 – Imagine yourself using this gadget, this new piece of technology, today.
  • Step 3 – Ask what sort of companies would make this new gadget. Make a list.
  • Step 4 – Ask who would these companies need to employ. Make a list. Include everyone from CEO to gardener.
  • Step 5 – Ask who would help you to use this gadget. Make a list. Include everyone from those who help with setup to those in online customer service.
  • Step 6 – Ask who would fix this gadget if it developed a glitch. Make a list.
  • Step 7 – Ask who would dispose of this gadget when it has outlived its usefulness. Make a list.

There are hundreds of new technologies arriving now or coming soon. Doing this exercise on the back of an envelope for even a few of these will make it clear just how many new jobs are coming.

This is also a great exercise for those who are trying to figure out where they want to work in the near future. First, explore online many of the disruptive technologies that are coming. Then, run through this exercise for those technologies that seem the most intriguing.


  1. Interesting exercise, Ashley. I’m old enough to want to continue to do things the old-fashioned way. I hope that as technology decimates the job market that society will react with compassion and won’t toss people out with the trash.

    • As always, D. Wallace, technology will create far more jobs than it eliminates. But, it is up to each of us to stay well informed and keep our job skills current, getting additional education as needed. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

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