Engineering Jobs Are in Demand, But Who Will Fill Them?

Machine Design | January 24, 2019

Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, Machine Learning, and Big Data are revolutionizing the way people work-and virtually every industry is being touched. Not surprisingly, then, companies around the world are heavily investing in these technologies, not only to power business growth today but also in the hopes of finding innovative applications that will be drivers of value in the future. This year alone, investment in AI and related technologies is expected to reach $19.1 billion, and the pace of that investment is only expected to increase going forward.
And yet, if this flurry of spending is to generate value, it ultimately depends upon the day-to-day work of engineers. Today, engineers across a host of different fields-from robotics and machine learning to more traditional disciplines such as electric and mechanical engineering-are literally building the business applications of the future.

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This paper looks at how robots, as one segment of automation technologies, are impacting work and the workplace. It also considers what companies and educational institutes are doing and must do to close an existing skills gap that will worsen without active adjustments to systems to prepare existing and future workers with the skills for which there is demand.

Spotlight

This paper looks at how robots, as one segment of automation technologies, are impacting work and the workplace. It also considers what companies and educational institutes are doing and must do to close an existing skills gap that will worsen without active adjustments to systems to prepare existing and future workers with the skills for which there is demand.

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