Employers need to be keenly aware of how the needs of the workplace changes, and to identify ways to attract and encourage their future workforces. As technology expands and develops, companies will find different employee needs in the future. An example could be that the bank tellers’ days are numbered. Some banks are already going to drive-thrus with monitors instead of a “live” teller. The monitors also have screens that allow you to select the banking need, choosing a particular account, etc.
Though these types of technology will be used for lots of other businesses, some procedures will still need the steady hand or intellect of a human brain. Cashiers are also being replaced by monitors and computers.
Doctors, dentists, surgeons, etc. will still be in big demand, in fact, there is a belief that we already as seeing a shortage of medical/health professionals due to the challenge of lawsuits, expensive insurance, and long hours. With this projection, this is an area that needs to encourage more students for this future shortage.
As mentioned recently, there is also a BIG shortage of “skilled labor”. Some machinery can cover some areas, but those who have been taught detailed skills (electricians, welders, brick layers, plumbers, HVAC, carpentry, fireplace builders, etc.) are in huge demand. Even truck drivers and heavy machinery experts can land a job quicker and at a good rate of pay as long as they are responsible and experienced.
For those who are still caught up with a white-collar job title, yes, they can be impressive, but if they lose their jobs, the length for them to locate a new job could be weeks or months. Those strong in skilled manufacturing or other skilled work are much in demand. Look around our Metro and try to count the many sites requiring such skilled workers.
When you consider the medical/health skills, technical skills, and construction-related skills, all are being courted and encouraged. Companies should also consider providing more “on-the-job” training programs. Companies are encouraged to build a strong relationship with local high schools. Educate these upcoming adults about what kind of life they might build with such training. Help them to see the advantage of learning a trade that addresses a REAL need in our community. In addition, this training can position a person to begin earning good money much sooner than a four-year degree. Give this some serious thought.