How will big data impact the future of work – and you?

16 May 2017

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Many future predictions depict mindless tasks becoming automated, with robots wheeling around bringing us drinks and snacks…but on the other side of the coin, what about the fear of an impending unknown era and what it might look like?

‘Will automation take over all our jobs?’ is a common question and real worry amongst the up-and-coming workforce. Remember in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory how Charlie’s father lost his factory job because machines came and replaced him?

Scary futuristic visions aside, one very real technological development is set to have a huge impact on our world and the way we live – in fact, it’s already making waves. That’s ‘Big Data’ and it already plays a significant role in the landscape of work. Its influence is only set to grow from here.

What is big data?

At its simplest, it can be defined as ‘extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions’. It has huge implications for all industries - everything from technology, psychology and marketing to everything in between.

Big data predictions

The volume of data around us continues to grow as we spend more time on connected devices – think iPhones, smart watches, smart appliances, tablets and more. It’s not just about the sheer volume of data, either – it really comes down to how organisations manage and use it. It isn’t a concept limited to the dungeons of IT firms, but is something that’s all around us.

Now investment is being poured into managing and maintaining data, mining it so it can be effectively analysed and used, and keeping it secure.

So what does this mean for the future of work? While some jobs may eventually be replaced by automation, new fields open up a host of fresh roles and opportunities. Big data is just one such area of possibility, which will likely spur the need for more specialists around data analysis, security, integration, architecture, management and more. Chief Data Officer (CDO) positions will also become more common. 

As for the robots cleaning our houses and cooking us dinner, we’ll have to wait and see…

How CDES can help

Here at CDES, we offer online resources, workshops and one-on-one assistance that can help you prepare for a future in this dynamic, evolving world of work. Login to MyCDES to view available times and book in for a workshop or appointment. We're here to help!