Will IoT Create or Kill Jobs?

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The idea of IoT solutions to solve your companies’ problems are great! IoT promises to deliver higher productivity, cost efficiency and better customer service – and if you ask any company, they will say that these are their top priorities especially in the world where competition is the only game. As mentioned in my earlier article – “IOT – Four Compelling Reasons Not to be Left Behind” – the remote monitoring and control solution will definitely saves tremendous cost. The ability to optimise the usage of our equipments and assets by understanding the operational insights can be done continuously and with better accuracy. Business operations will now be operated in autonomous fashion and thus ends the slow, tedious and manual process. It also ends the so-called “middle-man” or “delivery man” that simply mark-up the actual costs without adding any value to the service.

Two Choices – Stop or Help

“With technology racing ahead and leaving some people behind, we have two choices: either to try and stop progress, or to figure out what we need to do to help those who are being displaced.” – Andrew MacAfee

Even though I don’t quite agree with the numbers of jobs (2 Billion) that’s going to be disappeared by 2030 as stated by the Futurist Thomas Frey, I do agree that these jobs will be substituted with new ones.

When we implement IoT solutions, several jobs might be likely to disappear – for example:

  1. Utility meter reader
  2. Parking or Toll teller
  3. Cashier
  4. Clerks
  5. Traffic policemen
  6. Patrol security
  7. Enforcement officers
  8. Customs Officers
  9. Immigration Officers
  10. ….

And new jobs might appear, such as:

  1. IoT engineers
  2. New business process consultants
  3. Big Data Scientists
  4. New designers
  5. New course designers/coachers/trainers
  6. New software programmers
  7. Chief IOT Officers (CIOT)
  8. IoT service providers
  9. IoT System Integrators
  10. ….

Are we seeing more of the white-collar jobs being created compared to the blue-collar workers jobs? If they are being displace from their current jobs, where will they fit in the society? Can we re-train them? What role can the blue-collar worker play in the IoT era?

What do you think? Share your thoughts.

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is an IOT Evangelist, Thought Leader and CEO of REDtone IOT. You can reach him on LinkedIn at https://my.linkedin.com/in/mazlan/ or Twitter at http://twitter.com/mazlan_abbas . For further details, check out http://about.me/mazlan.abbas

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