The tech industry is in a promising position, with job prospects predicted to experience significant growth in the near future. However, it is not simply the IT industry that is benefitting from coders, programmers and developers; various sectors are being reshaped by advances in technology, including some that have been resistant to change in the past.
Medicine has always been associated with the cutting edge of technology but the health sector in general has changed significantly in recent years. The number of mindfulness and wellbeing apps are growing in the mental health space, dieticians utilise Instagram to visualise nutrition advice for mass audiences and people are continually turning to the likes of WebMD for self-diagnosis rather than booking an appointment with their local GP.
The last decade has seen the concept of students as young as five years old using laptops and tablets in class evolve into the norm across the Australian education system. The advent of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies has even seen pupils encouraged to use their smartphones in a classroom setting as schools emphasise the importance of producing digitally literate students that are prepared for the future workforce.
Anyone who thinks of agriculture as farmers hobbling around and milking cows clearly isn’t privy to some of the technological innovations adopted by the industry. Drones, virtual fencing, genetic editing, driverless tractors, vertical farms and artificial intelligence are all part of a sector that has rapidly changed in the last 10 years and is no longer the domain of only people from rural areas.
While not all print publications have been wiped out the way some people thought they would, there is no doubt the rise of the internet has seen the media industry transform drastically. Pay walls for online major dailys, once unfathomable, are now commonplace, while an increasing number of people procure the news of the day from digital publications or even their social media feed, forcing journalists to cater to an evolving audience accustomed to instant.