Job Trends

September 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Computers, Economoney, Health, Internet, Media, Online services, Software, Technology, Web Apps | 2 Comments

Earlier this year, I wrote about some of the long-term changes taking place in the job market due to technological change. Since I wrote that, some of that technology has begun to show up.

I recently read another article on structural changes already underway. They mention for example how services like Craigslist have gutted newspaper classified offices. Manufacturing jobs are not expected to be revived due to robotics. And Lean Accounting is reducing jobs along with its efficiencies. Of particular note is the graph showing a dramatic acceleration of the changes since the mid-2000’s, even before the markets dumped.

The article is a little US-centric and a little vague on the “missing element” of non-socialist Community. It seems one must buy his book for the answer. But it’s useful to be aware of the trends.

This is not to say we’re doomed or that technology is evil. This is simply to recognize the changes that are upon us so that we can more readily adapt. Technology also brings us astonishing access to information and thus power. “a Masai warrior on … a smart phone using Google… has access to more information than the U.S. president did just 15 years ago.” – Peter Diamandis

We easily forget how powerful it is to have search engines at our call. One example that highlights the potential: the 15-year-old kid who developed an early cancer detection system that’s markedly faster and cheaper. His research library? Google.

Peter talks about the increase in our abundance in recent years: as a whole, we’re richer, healthier, and have access to goods once considered luxury items. And that smart phone? He mentions the “free mobile apps that this same Masai warrior can access: a GPS locator, video teleconferencing hardware and software, an HD video camera, a regular camera, a stereo system, a vast library of books, films, games and music.” What is standard on a smartphone was worth a million dollars 20 years ago. The article links to several TED talks, including Peters on Abundance.

The future looks to be exciting indeed.


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  1. […] The point? Smart phones at 1/3 to 1/6th the price. Smart phones for the rest of the world. Including that Masai warrior. […]


  2. Here’s a followup, from the BBC, based on some more recent Oxford research.
    Its a job title review of the likelihood that a robot will take your job…


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