Discomfort Zone: How Digital Technology is Changing the Face of Jobs Today

Digital Technology

If you’ve been in the job market long enough, then you’ve heard about how digital technologies are the future of the job market today. It’s even been said that people can expect to lose their jobs to robots, which stirred up the frantic pandemic of Rise of the Robots

To be fair, there is a “Rise of the Robots,” so to say, but not like what most people are thinking. The government has not created these “human-like” machines to live in our world and take on our daily tasks and work responsibilities like in the movie I, Robot. But there are various forms of robots and artificial intelligence that we can expect to see more of in different industries.

Everything from truck drivers to doctors and lawyers has been speculated to see a rise in digital technologies. There are, of course, certain matters and job obligations that only a human can provide, like bedside manners with doctors and patients but certain industries have already seen a lot of these technologies.

For example, people in the automotive, electronics, and medical technology industries are reliant upon manufacturers that provide dispensing pumps and plasma technologies in order to do their jobs with more accuracy. These technologies definitely have major perks for lots of industries but these digital technologies also have their fair share of ramifications… but what industry doesn’t?

Technology is always going to have “bugs” and “kinks” to work out first but once you get past those, embracing these new digital technologies opens up so many new opportunities. If you are someone who works for a company that’s gravitating towards forward-thinking, don’t be afraid or fear that your job is on the line… there will be support for you.

So look beyond your typical 9 to 5 job responsibilities and get ready to embrace digital technologies. Take a look at how digital technology is changing the face of today’s job market.

Familiar Jobs Will Have New Job Descriptions

There are, of course, new jobs being created with new job descriptions that come with it. For example, in the early 90s, you wouldn’t have had a clue what a social media manager was or even a data scientist… But with digital technology, you’ll start to see familiar jobs with added job descriptions.

Your typical job descriptions might say “must be able to lift 30lbs, have good communication skills, and familiar with AP style format”. But with digital technology, the job description might say “must be familiar with SEO, must have an understanding of Google Analytics, and must be familiar with AP automation software.”

New Skills and Training Will Be Required

Before technology became the powerhouse it is today, a job was a job, if that makes any sense? You simply needed to know how to do your job and your job only. But with digital technology, specific skill sets are required, depending on the job you have.

With digital technology, you’re going to need to know a broad range of skills. Everything from social media to cloud computing. For people who are in roles that end up falling under digital technology, typically, companies will pay for extensive employee training to make sure they can do their jobs.

An Open Mindset Will Be Required

Because technology is an ever-changing constant, it’s important that anyone working in digital technology understands and embraces change. You might have a certain set of job responsibilities but then a complete overhaul of those job responsibilities change. What will you do? Will you fuss and complain about everything or will you adjust?

To be successful in digital technology, you’re going to have to adjust. Sure, it’s going to take some getting used to, with all the new changes, but you’re going to have to have an open mindset in knowing that changes and updates will happen and have the ability to rise to the occasion.

Embrace Digital Technology

As you can see, we’re surrounded by technology and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. If you are in a position where digital technology is being incorporated into your job description, don’t be afraid to embrace it.

Employers understand that it’s hard for some employees to embrace technology, especially when they’ve done their job a certain way for so many years. Protechassociates.com states that some of the best ways companies are helping employees embrace technology are by helping them understand the benefits of technology, slowly rolling out the changes, showing employees empathy in their efforts to learn.

Digital technology isn’t the easiest thing to learn and it might be a little scary at first because it’s something you may not understand but keep at it, you will eventually learn it. Also, if you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions will definitely help you in understanding your job responsibilities too.