Whether you are a Fortune 100 employer, a middle-aged mechanic, or a high-school student, the time is now to plan, to learn, to train, to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) leverages automation, cyber-physical systems, artificial intelligence, and 5G high-speed wireless communications. To meet workforce challenges, traditional static 4-year (and longer) educational degrees take too long, are too expensive, and may be unsuitable for many trying to stay relevant in the fast-changing technology landscape.
The future is code
Regardless of the technology or job title, you will need to understand technical math and software code at some level, whether it be ladder logic in a PLC, electricity flow, Python, or C++.
The future is electric
Across almost all industries, vehicles and machines are going 100% electric, some industries faster than others. This means getting proficient in electric motors, lithium batteries, high-voltages, and charging infrastructure. Regardless of whether the power source is fossil fuel, solar, wind, or nuclear, it gets turned into electricity that is stored in batteries.
The future is automated
Everything is becoming automated - factories, warehouses, buildings, homes, and transportation. This means getting proficient in the use of programmable machines - from an industrial Programmable Automation Controller to a smart home assistant.
The future is geospatial
Our world (and other worlds) are being mapped to amazing degree and detail in the visual, IR, and multispectral bands. Almost all big data will have a geospatial component to it. And anything that moves or transports humans, goods, or resources will have advanced sensors and some kind of perception of the environment.
The future is smart
The world of objects is becoming interconnected and smart. This means learning skills related to autonomous navigation, IoT, AI, edge computing, cybersecurity and 5G communications. Everything that can have a chip in it WILL have a chip in it soon.
Continuous life-long training is the new normal for upskilling the reskilling the workforce. Along with 2-year, 1-year and shorter training programs from academia and MOOC, employers often develop their own in-house learning and development programs to meet employee job requirements. This is why every business needs to have a Learning Management System.