The forecasts for job loss and job creation over the next few years include the latest new job title, “Digital Transformation Specialist.” What does this person do? Who hires them? And what qualifications are important?
Digital transformation means challenging a company’s technology status quo. It requires the usual technical skills — analysis, diagnostics, testing, and documentation – plus excellent communication skills. A Digital Transformation Specialist (or Associate, or Technician) must be able to educate their team members who are engineers, IT staff, and other technicians about the value and use of new technologies. With the rapid pace at which technology is advancing, expect to see this position appearing in many job search sites.
As technology evolves so tasks and occupations transform. We know that demand for some positions involving tasks that can be automated are going to decline and in some cases disappear, while entirely new occupations will emerge. When we say technology, what the technologies are we talking about? We mean advanced manufacturing, engineering technology, biotechnology, information and security technologies, including cybersecurity, and agricultural and environmental technologies. Every one of these technologies focuses on the fields in which we need a skilled technical workforce.
For many of today’s technicians the Future of Work is already in focus. They are cross-disciplinary workers, immersed in diverse platforms and interrelated systems that once belonged to single industry sectors. This podcast series will explore the horizons of work from the perspective of industry partners, two-year college educators, technicians and NSF ATE leaders who are working together to transform technician education.
This week our podcast host introduces some of the challenges in hiring and training workers in a rapidly changing workplace