As you look forward to what awaits you in 2014, you can also want to think back to 1984 and consider how different life was 30 years ago. The technology revolution has affected our daily lives at home and at the office. But have you ever thought about how different your job would have been 30 years ago?
Before we could access the Internet from our computers and our phones, the ways people earned a living were very different. Just as the advent of the automobile lead to auto mechanics, car dealers and windshield repair services, the progression of personal technology has lead to many jobs that didn’t exist 30 years ago.
As I write these Wonder of Tech articles on my computer and post them to my website, I often think about how this blog would not have been possible 30 years ago. I will find out about new tech, research it online, and then post about it here in an article. I then share the article with others via email and social media. Not only are the topics of my article recent technology, but the methods of delivery are too.
But tech as tech has created jobs, it has also eliminated them. Typists, switchboard operators, ice men, elevator operator, bowling alley pinsetters all saw their jobs end because of advancements in tech.
Looking ahead to 2014 we can only guess which jobs will be changed, ended or launched by advancements in technology. But looking back 30 years, before widespread use of personal computers, could we have anticipated which jobs would have been created by tech?
What about your job? Did it exist 30 years ago in 1984? If so, was it pretty much the same job or was it drastically different?
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Where do you think your job is headed in the next 30 years? Will your job still exist in 2044? Will it be significantly changed from today? Let us know in the Comments section below!