We are currently in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, with developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, genetics and biotechnology driving change. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of Australian children starting primary school now will end up in jobs that have not yet been created. The recent Federal Government’s Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy has projected that there will be approximately six million new job openings in Australia in the next ten years; however, nearly 40 percent of current occupations are at risk from automation and computerisation in the next twenty years. Having a workforce with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills is critical to ‘future-proof’ Australia’s economic prospects. There is also a need to increase women’s participation in STEM to ensure Australia’s future competitiveness. This presentation will provide the top five jobs in each STEM category, and discuss how these careers tie in with degrees offered at USC. As educators we need to provide our future workforce with the skills that are required in the age of technology. Some of these key skills are sensemaking, social intelligence, adaptive thinking, design mindset and virtual collaboration.
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2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016