New research from McKinsey & Company argues that increased training will be necessary as jobs move away from manual tasks and toward work requiring technical skill and high-level thinking. Associations may be well-positioned to help.
Will the robots take our jobs? Maybe, maybe not, but at the very least they might require us to get more job-related training.
The rise of automation will require a constant change in workforce skills over the next few years—a trend that has been evident since 2002 but is likely to accelerate, according to a new study from McKinsey & Company. Automation will reduce the number of hours that people spend carrying out physical and basic cognitive tasks and increase time spent doing work requiring technological, social, and high-level cognitive skills. The need for tech skills will increase by 50 percent in the U.S. between now and 2030, the study says, with high-level IT and programming skills most in demand.