As college students question the value of enrolling in online classes, new technology-based courses and majors are playing an increasingly important role in helping higher education institutions convince prospective students that college is still worthwhile in today’s changing economy.
Although new shutdowns still loom on the horizon, several industries are poised to remain profitable in the new economy — and most of them involve technology.
“One of the best ways to prepare yourself for a post-coronavirus world is to acquire technology skills,” Bernard Marr, the author of Tech Trends in Practice: The 25 Technologies That Are Driving The 4th Industrial Revolution, writes at Forbes. “The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking digital transformations in companies as they are trying to become more resilient to future outbreaks and disruptions. The reality is that technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality, and robotics will make businesses more resilient to future pandemics, and anyone that can help companies exploit these technologies will be in a great position.”
To better prepare young people for a challenging economy, colleges are offering more lucrative, tech-based classes and majors that focus on areas such as healthcare technology, digital marketing and computer science — all industries that will likely remain profitable even during economic collapses.