By: Greg Gutkowski, bestselling author and guest blogger

The digital transformation has disrupted, and in some cases, degraded entire industries. Let’s examine the impact of this phenomenon on future jobs and discuss an approach to addressing this unprecedented development in the history of humankind.

The price of technology decreased roughly 10,000-fold over the last 20 years. The computing power of our smartphones would have cost about $4 million as little as 20 years ago. Today, we carry in our pockets more computing power than it took the Apollo mission to go to the moon and back. As of 2016, more people around the world own smartphones than toothbrushes.

Entire industries have been disrupted by the digital revolution, including music publishing by Apple iTunes, traditional print and TV advertising by Google, retail by Amazon, traditional media by social media, taxis by Uber, and hotels by Airbnb. Never have we experienced such a rapid increase in the power of technology with a simultaneous steep drop in pricing. These two drivers account for most of the progress and disruption, and the pace of technological change is not going to slow down anytime soon.

Digital​ ​technologies​ ​are​ ​having​ ​a​ ​profound​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​all​ ​industries.​ B​ig Data, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, robotics, cloud computing, social media, mobile devices, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and machine learning—they all impact architecture, agriculture, education, healthcare, banking, financial services, news, politics, entertainment, manufacturing, sports, and tourism to name a few.

All​ ​business​ ​processes​ ​in​ ​all​ ​industries​ ​are​ ​greatly​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​digitization.​ T​his includes recruiting, professional development, public relations, marketing, sales, customer service, finance and IT. Today, every professional job has a digital component to it.

On September 7, 2016, in a nearly unanimous vote of 367-4, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution calling for the United States to develop a national Internet of Things strategy (IoT). The House IoT Resolution, H.Res. 847, acknowledges the tremendous transformational economic and societal potential of digital technologies. It highlights​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​a​ ​national​ ​strategy​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​lead the​ ​world​ ​in​ ​technology​ ​innovation.

Ultimately, the success of the digital transformation depends on addressing the digital​ ​skills gap, which, according to McKinsey & Company,​ ​”imposes​ ​on​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​the economic​ ​equivalent​ ​of​ ​a​ ​permanent​ ​national​ ​recession.”

The Future of Jobs, a new report from the World Economic Forum claims that five years from now, 35 percent of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed.

More companies are requiring a mix of technology and people skills, and 2016 is being called the year of the hybrid job. In an analysis commissioned by Bentley University, researchers examined 24 million job listings, looking for key skills across nine industries. They found that employers want multifaceted employees who possess hard skills such as digital technologies, coupled with traditional soft skills like communication and collaboration.

We need to address digital skills gap with the effective K-12/college digital literacy curriculum. The very rapid technology changes left many teachers unprepared to provide educational or vocational leadership in the context of the vital digital skills.

Based on the extensive practical experience, 3CLICKS.US has developed a series of online courses to inspire students, teachers, parents and professionals to discover the vast array of digital transformation feasibilities and opportunities. They explain how enhancing digital skills can positively impact their professional lives, businesses, careers and communities.

You can contact Greg Gutkowski at greg.gutkowski@3clicks.us