HAI Weekly Seminar with Will Markow - Rewriting the DNA of the Workforce: How Emerging Technologies Create Hybrid Jobs and Disrupt the Labor Market
Disruptive new technologies are often heralded for their power to transform industries, increase efficiency, and improve lives. However, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing don’t just disrupt industries: they disrupt the workforce. Technological innovation creates new jobs and transforms existing roles, resulting in hybrid jobs that fuse skills from disparate fields in unfamiliar ways. Research from Burning Glass finds that over 250 occupations are now highly hybridized, accounting for 1 in 8 job openings. Moreover, disciplines born in the digital age such as data analytics, programming, and cybersecurity are spreading across the economy, forcing firms, training providers, and individuals to keep pace with a dizzying array of new skillsets to manage rapid digital transformation. This seminar will explore Burning Glass’s research on emerging technologies and their impact on the job market, discuss the new foundational skill sets needed in a digital economy, and consider the implications for firms, training providers, policymakers, and individuals as disruptive new technologies introduce new skill needs and rewrite the DNA of the workforce.