We are past the lettered generations and into those named for greatest influence. We have come a long way from floppy disks and walkmans of our childhoods. Now 75% of my friends and acquaintances have jobs that can be considered “technology oriented.” Whether it be web design, managing an office, or an analyst of any kind, most of the day is spent using, abusing, or creating with, technology.
And that is just the 20 somethings I interact with daily. It doesn’t take into consideration the 3 year olds I babysat for who were better at using the television remote than I was. It seems like technology is the new survival skill that kids are born with. They don’t need to gather food or hunt, they don’t need to find shelter; all of that is provided. But they obviously need to know how to download the new Miley Cyrus song to sync on every device in their house.
I, too, feel the need to learn just about every piece of new technology I come across. And I come across several because I work in IT. It astounds me that there are programs that can seamlessly link documents that are on four different machines, in four very different places, so that each machine has the most recent version. I wish I had the time, and money, to learn how to properly operate some of the data and project management software suites that exist. There are literally software suites that require a class to learn how to use them. (Think Adobe Maya and AutCad) Imagine how tech savvy the creators had to be.
With technology apparently being our future, it is no wonder it is also one of the fastest growing industries. The Huffington Post reported in April that tech jobs were ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th for the fastest growing market for a college grad to get into. These growth rates were not small, either. They ranged from 38% to 54% in the next year.
Does this mean that the kids applying to college, or are in college, now should be altering their life paths to take this growth into consideration? Not necessarily. If a class in technology is available to take while staying in your major of choice, go for it. The best part about technology is that it is continuously changing. Learning it now doesn’t mean it will help you two years from now. There is nothing static about the field, except maybe an IP.
This post was published originally at Cafe de la Pensee.