Dear Students: Research about the Digitalization of Jobs in Modern Society

Hello Students, 

How do we prepare for the future? We employ the scientific process! The “science of” is really a transformation for any inquiry that involves a research practice. The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. The mission is to “conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.”

Here’s an interesting article from the Brookings Institution that explores our current topic – Technology and the Workforce. Feel free to explain any one of these graphs in your reply post. 

Muro and Liu. 2017. Five takeaways on how technology has changed the American workforce. The Brookings Institution.

Question for Figure 2: What trend is depicted by this graph? What is the relationship between time and job digitalization (direct/indirect, positive/negative)?

Question for Table 3: Why would tool and die makers see the greatest increase in digitalization?

Question for Figure 9: Why does digitalization contribute to a u-shaped job creation? What is u-shaped job creation?

Question for Figure 12: ?!? What is that giant dot just west of us? There are two dots in Colorado. I think those are on Denver and Boulder. Now look west- what is causing that giant dot? I asked my family. They made the intelligent guess of a solar farm… but really? That’s one of only six giant dots on the map. What are dot sizes representing? What about the colors?