The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.
Computer science is the second highest paying college degree — graduates can make 40% more than average college graduates. However, women and minorities are under-represented in the technology fields. One way to address the problem is by introducing computer science classes earlier in education. Women who are taught computer science as early as high school are 10 times more likely to pursue a degree in the field and minorities are seven times more likely. According to Gallup research studies, 91% of parents want their children to study computer science, but only 40% of K–12 schools in the U.S. are offering it.
Israel, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have already started their computer sciences programs while the U.S. has been slow to adopt. This creates an opportunity for schools. Early adopters will offer students educational advantages over those who do not make these classes available.
You already use A.I.
People already encounter A.I. daily. While everyone has probably had some experience with an automated phone line, A.I. has gone far beyond that. Chatbots pop up on websites offering human-like and sometimes more efficient solutions than calling customer service. Siri, Cortana and Alexa have turned voice searches into the norm. 74% of respondents in a Hubspot survey stated they had used voice searching in the past month. Cars can assist drivers by sending out alerts or automatically brake to prevent accidents. Technology has been designed to make our lives better. So much so that 63% don’t realize they already use A.I. technology.
People won’t become obsolete
A.I. discussions often lead to worries about losing jobs. While it is true more things will probably become automated, those automations are likely to create new types of careers. However, it will take more than strong programming skills for students to turn into the type of employees companies will search for. Qualities such as team building, creativity, interpersonal skills, the ability to work in groups and adaptability are important to the process of developing this type of technology. People with strong problem-solving skills will be the new industry leaders.
A.I. educational resources
Microsoft and Apple have developed platforms that support teaching coding to students, and more opportunities are on the way. These game-like applications are engaging for the students and don’t require teachers to have coding expertise. A.I. can also offer many classroom benefits through developing personalized learning for students, assisting teachers and increasing retention rates.
Students are growing up in, and will continue to live in, a technological world. It is important they have the tools to fully understand and succeed in an environment where at least some of their coworkers are likely to be artificial intelligence.