The Record Jobs Section 10-08-17

Place an ad Phone: 1-888-460-5322 Email: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017 • SECTION J B CAREER COACH More (as promised) on robots By ELI AMDUR SPECIAL TO NORTH JERSEY JOBS I wasn’t surprised that my article on robots and jobs (two weeks ago) stoked some strong reactions. To recap, I railed against those who fear that robots will be a negative influence on our job market. Overall, I said, robots will create more jobs than they’ll eliminate — and they won’t even eliminate all the jobs some people are gloomily predicting they will. Responses fell into three buckets. One was filled with people who couldn’t shake their pessimism and, regardless of what I or anyone says, Armageddon is here and we’re through. In the second — a smaller sample — were those who either agreed initially or were persuaded that this is a good thing, producing jobs and entire new occupations and industries. Then there were some critical thinkers who neither rejected nor accepted my premise, but challenged it. “OK,” said a reader from whom I hear regularly, “You’ve usually proven to be right in the past, but you’ll have to prove it to me again. Be specific!” Delighted, but by no means can this be complete, as a great deal of that future hasn’t been created yet. But from here, there are things we can see clearly, such as that there are many facets to this dis- cussion: jobs that robots will create, jobs they cannot replace, jobs they will shift, jobs they will elevate, and so on. So let’s get specific and start with the obvious: software and engineering — an absolute no-brainer, yet some believe this will just shift software jobs from one area to another, robotics. I see it differently. This is as sure a growth area as there is. Maintenance, support, service, and train- ing will all account for added jobs, and like many new job fields, will require some new learning along with established skill sets. I see training as a prime example of this. Having been in the training business years ago, I know full well how it marries new product knowledge with basic old-line skills: communication, presentation, instructional design, organization, and analytical skills. Years before that, I was in the office automation business – the field that had everyone fearing for their jobs – and I can’t tell you how many training jobs were created nationwide. Those early word processing and spreadsheet programs were damn near impossible to master, but in order to sell them, we had to assure customers we’d hold their hands. Trainers and support personnel, then, were not only in demand, but also extremely well paid. They were in control and they knew it. Then there are all the jobs that will be created just to deal with the consequences, implications, and ramifications of humans interacting with robots. To turn that into a specific career objective, if I were planning my career or even a career change right now, I’d think hard about a degree or certificate in organizational design and behavior. Tomorrow’s organizational structure will be different from today’s in ways that will be different from previous differences, if you’ll stop and think that one through for a moment. In other words, the nature of change will change — and it will take a whole new approach to deal with it. Ask progressive HR leaders about this and you’ll quickly get the idea that this has been on their plates for a while already. Further: ethics. Can artificial intelligence or a robot be ethical? Of course not. So with their proliferation comes the need for more ethical oversight. That one is so simple, we’ll leave it right there. Same goes for jobs in law: lawyers, paralegals, and assistants. Even though I see law as a shrinking profession overall, that’s not the case in this area. Just the opposite, in fact, as we will see a whole new body of laws just dealing with robotics and AI. And let’s talk about manufacturing. Yes, robots will erase some low-skilled jobs, but they’ll create medium- and high-skilled manufacturing jobs everywhere — in both large and small manufacturing environ- ments. The number of manufacturing jobs that require only a high school diploma has fallen by 35 percent since 2000, while the number requiring a master’s degree has risen by 33 percent. Which means that when we talk about “bringing back” manufacturing jobs, we’re way off the mark. Those low-level jobs we lost are not what we should be looking at. We’ll be cre- ating high-level, well-paid manufacturing jobs — if we set our sights on the right target. There’s much more to say – and surely I will – but for the moment, specific enough? Career Coach Eli Amdur can be reached at eli.amdur@amdurcoaching .com. Please note his website, www. amdurcoaching. com. Please “like” him at AmdurCoaching and follow him on Twitter (Eli Amdur). To find previous columns by Eli Amdur, visit and click on Special Sections at the very bottom of the Home Page where prior editions of North Jersey Jobs are available for viewing . ADVERTISEMENT Unique apprenticeship program at Eastwick College provides formal training for one of the fastest-growing trade careers ou may not spend your day thinking about it, but heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems are an important part of your life. Known collectively as HVACR, it’s what keeps you comfortable in your home and at work, maintaining the ideal temperature and improving the air quality. Without it, life for many would be unbearable. 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