Within the last 20 years, technology has found a home in business environments with the intent to humanize- for efficiency, cultivation, and superiority. Technology makes processes run smoother and faster. It enhances large businesses and transforms smaller ones. With the right technology and proficient workers, a business’s productivity level can sky rocket. With technology having such an influence on how businesses are ran, it also has the power to replace employees by simplifying processes of operation and keeping technically proficient workers. This can put a number of jobs at stake, including jobs of older Americans.
Just as younger workers struggle to find employment due to the Great Recession, older Americans continue to find difficulty in the workforce- especially when it comes to long-term unemployment. Those over the age of fifty-five have higher rates of long term unemployment. The AARP Public Policy Institute, recently, completed a study showing that older adults laid off within the last five years are back at work but only 48% of them are making less than what they were on their last jobs.
Boomer workers brought up during the time of job security face a number of threats in today’s job market, such as budget cuts, the threat of younger employees/coworkers, and the increased dependency on technology. With the presence of technology being a never-dying trend, studies show that American seniors adopt technology at a lower and later rate than younger techies, workers in this age group are more acquainted with technology than any other time in history. When examining seniors and internet usage, the Pew Research Center found that only 59% of American seniors were active users. History, however, shows that the rate of technological adaptations is steadily increasing and has increased by 45% since the year 2000.
Researchers from the University of Oxford predicts that by 2033, forty seven percent of US job will be automated and taken over by computers. Experts warn American employees not to worry because new advances permits new jobs; however, there are professional jobs that are already being replaced by technology, and opportunities for overseeing these advances are limited. Computers, robots, and AI (artificial intelligence) have already began replacing:
- Financial and sports reporters
- Online marketers
- Anesthesiologists, surgeons, and diagnostics
- E-Discovery Lawyers and Law Firm Associates
- Financial Analysts and Advisors
So what’s your view on technology in the workplace, as it pertains to your job? Do you feel your job is at stake because of any recent advancements? And, do you feel as though you have a chance to grow at your current position, with the aid of technology?
Techie : those with a deep appreciation for technology