“Disruptive” has been a buzzword in the tech industry because of the common characteristic of many of its major players: they all seek to change the world somehow, and in doing so, shake up or “disrupt” the status quo. However, disruptive is not a new term. In fact, all of the industrial revolutions the world has experienced share this common denominator. They all sought to change the status quo of the preceding generation and introduce a new concept, which could either be a better way of doing things or a faster way of achieving success, you name it.
Now, we’re on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, but this one’s different because it’s a revolution that’s more technical than industrial. This movement started when self-driving cars became popular, and now, many startups are following the footsteps of these game changers and adopting new technologies like AI, biotechnology, and quantum computing to create completely new products that will revolutionize the way we live.
For professionals, this is a critical time when playing it safe with a career in a single field won’t ensure success in the years to come. New industries that are rapidly growing will require a new set of skills, and with it, abolish some old ones that will be transferred over to automation.
This infographic gives a brief explanation of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is and what it means for the workforce landscape of the future. Professionals will know the top 10 skills they need to learn, as well as the top fields that will see increased demand in 2020.
Original infographic provided by Guthrie Jensen.