What are the skills required for jobs of the future?

Technology and Computational Thinking

It’s fascinating to read research reports like the The World Economic Forum’s 2016 Report, The Future of Jobs, where it reports by 2020, automation will replace up to 5 million jobs.

Devin Fidler, Research Director at the Institute for the Future says:

“Computational thinking – the ability to manage the massive amounts of data we process individually each day, spot patterns, and make sense out of all of it – will be valued.”

According to to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), related jobs like software developers will grow by 18.8% as well as computer systems analyst jobs will increase 20.9% by 2024.

What is Computational Thinking?

“It’s a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behaviour by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science.” – Jeanette Wing

“Computational thinking is fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.” – Jeanette Wing

 

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