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The Future of Jobs in the United States

Kelsey Davis, Manager, Digital Media, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

More so than any other issue, jobs, employment and a competitive workforce seem top of mind for most Americans right now. With technological advancements reaching further every day, our workforce is evolving to meet the needs of companies today.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) surveyed 314 tech industry leaders on current and future workforce issues. Here’s a quick look at what we found:

86 percent of companies say they will need more employees with technical skills in the coming years. In addition, 70 percent say they will hire more employees in the near future, while four of five companies in the tech industry do not believe their full-time workforce will decrease over the next five years.

More than half of those surveys say that some or most job functions will be automated in the next five years, while 17 percent of industry leaders say no job functions will be automated.

60 percent of companies advertise on social media channels (like LinkedIn) to help find qualified candidates for their companies. Other resources are online job banks, professional associations, personal networks and traditional recruiters.

62 percent of companies provide their employees conference and event opportunities while 61 percent provide internal training classes as their top training and development program offerings.

Want more on the future of jobs in the U.S.? Learn more about our survey and check out our live video of the New American Jobs Summit during and after the event on May 3.