As 2017 comes to an end, it time to be bold and think about what changes 2018 will bring. Technologies of the Industry 4.0 have paved the road to a more productive and sustainable engineering world, but they need to be implemented wisely.
Stephen Kasriel, CEO of the freelancing website Upwork, has made 4 interesting predictions in an article for the World Economic Forum that you should take into consideration going into the new year. All of them emerge from one premise: “we must finally break free from the industrial-era habits of the past to ensure a more productive and equitable future”.
1. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are not a threat (quite the opposite) if used responsibly
2. Engineering jobs will be among the best ones
Taking a look at the ranking elaborated by the World Economic Forum, it can be seen that Civil Engineers, Solution Engineers, and Research Technicians are going to be successful in the near future. In an ever-growing society that depends greatly on technology, it is understandable that this kind of professionals is predicted to be sought after in 2018.
3. The majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027
It is a fact that 36% of working people in the US are freelancers, over 57 million workers and, according to Freelancing in America: 2017, the majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027. The youngest workforce generation is leading the way, with almost half of millennials freelancing already. Besides, companies are increasingly seeking freelancers to do the tasks that cannot be performed by their staff.
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