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8 Educational Paths That Require Heightened Promotion for the Sake of Society


( 1, 2019)--Every community has an unspoken obligation to foster the education of its citizens in a manner that continually produces new generations of skilled professionals who can Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 12.36.25continue to maintain and advance society. With globalization in full effect, the world has become one big community tied together by economic trade and political relations. However, as we continue to turn undeveloped nations into developed nations and facilitate the growth of demand and revenue in virtually every industry, we need an increasingly large number of students to graduate and fill the positions of retiring baby boomers who are currently leaving the workforce by the millions.

Today, society faces a very real problem in that there are major shortages in the number of people who are qualified to perform skilled trades. The population is certainly large enough to support continued advancement, but it seems there aren't enough people who are interested in doing some of the jobs that matter the most. In particular, here are eight educational paths that communities need to promote more in order to maintain the advancement and stability of society as a whole:

1. Criminology

The criminal justice system is an incredibly important aspect of maintaining order and peace in society. While the systems aren't always perfect, nor are the jobs in this industry easy, it is a necessary component of modern civilization that keeps us safe and allows productive individuals to thrive without being preyed on by criminals. Given the high stakes involved in solving crimes, even convincing one young person to earn an online criminal justice degree could have a huge butterfly effect on an immeasurable number of lives later on. 

2. Electrical Engineering

Believe it or not, many cities are facing a widespread shortage of qualified electricians and electrical engineers. This obviously isn't an easy field of study, so the difficulty of the job creates a barrier to entry for the majority of students who are simply looking for the most convenient route to the highest salary possible. One could argue that communities will eventually have to develop regulations that ensure such professionals are compensated at rates which are commensurate to the job's difficulty and the importance of the role that it plays in society – otherwise young people will have no incentive to pursue such challenging careers. 

3. Architecture

There's an anticipated shortage of architects, which doesn't seem like it should mean much, but it does mean that the advancement of society will not be happening at an optimal pace. This is a field of study that is rarely ever recommended in the public discourse and is usually pursued out of the student's own passion for architecture, design, and building. Ultimately, there needs to be more educational marketing campaigns aimed at promoting awareness about the projected need for future architects. 

4. Biology

With humans facing all sorts of biological challenges and risks from both a disease and environmental standpoint, the world is in desperate need of biologists who can help formulate cures and solutions to these problems. The planet is currently undergoing its 6th and most devastating mass extinction event and an increasing number of animals are being put on protected species lists, so biologists will also be needed to develop strategies for sustaining and developing regional biodiversity.

5. Civil Engineering

Many young people don't even know what civil engineers do, so how can they aspire to be one? Have you ever wondered why building projects and community development initiatives are often put off for months or even years in advance? The answer is because there simply aren't enough civil engineers in the field to fulfill all of the demand expeditiously. In fact, industry reports estimate that there will be a shortage of almost 25,000 civil engineers by 2025.

6. Communications and IT

Of course, communication is a crucial building block of modern society, as everything we do is based on networks of some sort. Unfortunately, the industry is currently facing a shortage of technicians and installers. Likewise, there's a shortage of server administrators and other high-level IT specialists. From a strict communications standpoint, earning a degree in this field will help next generation graduates communicate with their targeted audiences more effectively, which will lead to widespread economic stimulus. Furthermore, the are many nations that still haven't established reliable mobile network grids or cable internet accessibility. Thus, more IT and communications graduates will be needed to bring the rest of the world online.

7. Computer Science

How many people do you know who hold a degree in computer science? Now think about how many computers and computer-based systems need to be developed and maintained. There simply aren't enough people to fill all of the open positions that companies have in the realm of computer science, which is a broad field that encompasses hundreds of different tasks and specializations.

8. Environmental Sustainability

Last but certainly not least, it seems that many young people simply don't care much about the planet these days. If we're going to stand any chance of comfortably adjusting to the upcoming woes of climate change and pollution that will unfold in the coming decades, we're going to need more people who understand the problems enough to work on solutions. We've got contaminated oceans, increasingly filthy air, and sea levels that are rising along with global temperatures, and yet there simply aren't enough people working on or making significant progress in any of these areas in terms of making a society-wide impact.

Will Automation and AI Be the Answers to the Shortages?

Even if we can somehow persuade a larger percentage of young adults to take up these jobs that are projected to be in such high demand, there's always the question of when human labor will cease to be sufficient to cover the demand. At the moment, that's already the case in many industries. Logically speaking, if there aren't enough humans who want or are able to do these jobs, it would make sense that there would be an incentive to develop machines and artificially intelligent software systems that can assist or replace these essential stewards of society.