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Report: Digitization Means Workforce Disruption, But Jobs Will Be There for Those Who Want Them

Posted By Jeff Moad, April 26, 2016

f905e2cf548f71847639fdaf8fe0176e_f2244.jpgManufacturing’s adoption of ever-greater levels of automation and disruptive new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing job losses, but it will mean a great deal of disruption, as displaced workers strive to update their skills and manufacturers struggle to retrain existing workers while attracting a new generation of workers who have different priorities than their predecessors.

That is the conclusion of a recently-released report from General Electric Corporation, entitled “The Workforce of the Future: Advanced Manufacturing’s Impact on the Global Economy.”

“The need for firms to continuously innovate to win does not equate to a net job loss, but rather a transition to the type of skillsets workers need,” the report states. “The supply of available talent, and shrinking working age population in developed and some emerging markets, means there will be jobs available for people who want them.”

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