MDR recently published an article on future Artificial Intelligence (AI) jobs. It is projected that there will be 58 million new artificial intelligence jobs by 2022 and 3.5 unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. The article also mentions that there has been a 517% increase in demand for software engineers with blockchain development skills in the past year alone. So, the question is are school systems preparing the students of today for the impact this will have on future careers?

“Technology and career fields are moving at a faster pace than curriculum adoption cycles. As an example, there is a tremendous employment gap in cybersecurity, but a survey of students said that around 70% of them said that “no high-school teacher or career counselor had ever mentioned the idea of a cybersecurity career.” Additionally, a report entitled Credentials Matter indicates that “many [high school career] programs have little currency with today’s employers and are of questionable career value to students.” – Gina Faulk, GM at EdGate Correlation Services

The challenges are great and affect the entire K-12 education system. Teachers, administrators, publishers, and even employers will have to put a forth a concerted effort to help address the gaps and to prepare today’s students for the changes ahead. Unfortunately, schools have limited bandwidth to create courses and lesson plans to address these topics.

MDR’s article refers to Chuck Gardner and how he explained ways states might choose to integrate cyber standards into subjects outside of computer science, such as science, career and technical education (CTE), or even world languages.

“School schedules are so jam-packed with offerings that students need to take that there is less and less room for ‘cool’ electives like cyber engineering or coding,” said Gardner. “By incorporating the cyber and robotics portion into a physics or mathematics course, we can piggy-back the required learning with robotics and cyber conversations and applications of the core content in a real-world and tactile or hands-on setting.”

Pointful Education’s curriculum catalog currently includes twenty courses and is continuing to grow. It includes titles such as:

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Blockchain Technology
  • Flying Cars and the Future of Transportation
  • Drones Certification

“When you think about it, every retailer will need to prepare for cyberattacks and have a secure means to take payment, from the most sophisticated online retailer to the mom and pop corner store. We now take for granted that we can order digital objects online (hello blockchain!), talk to Siri (A.I.), or do our banking online (cyber). So ensuring that students are aware of these growth area skills can’t be stressed enough.”- Gina Faulk, GM at EdGate Correlation Services

To read MDR’s article in full, click here.