The Importance of Technology in the 21st Century
By Angel Barrera Technology has become an essential part of our lives. The early stages of technology development began in the 18th century with the Industrial Revolution. As time passed, we became more and more dependent on technology. Technological advances make our lives much easier. They help in communicating with people from across the globe and even help in achieving our fitness goals. However, technology may have a negative effect on the workplace. In the near future, machines may be able to replace humans, leaving millions of people without jobs. In “Robots May Steal As Many As 800 Million Jobs in the Next 13 Years”, an article in Fortune by David Meyer, he states: “A new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that between 400 million and 800 million of today’s jobs will be automated by 2030”. In today’s society, we are witnessing the early stages of the takeover by technological forces. This is why it is really important that more and more people pursue a job in technology and engineering fields such as software development, computer hardware engineering, cyber security, and computer science. Jobs in these fields are in a high demand now and will continue to be in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026 while employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is because the demand for computer software keeps increasing. Jobs among these fields are among the highest paid. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for software developers was $107,600 in May 2017. Beth Burns, a current investment program manager was asked what was the most challenging part of pursuing a major in Computer Engineer. She responded: “Pursuing a job in Computer Engineer is challenging because it really teaches you how to think”. Pursuing a major in technology is challenging but you will learn a lot from it. When majoring in the field of technology more job opportunities are open for you.