Those people who are now in their twenties will witness the growth of this new technology and will also see their job disappear. Just as others will see all around the world. It is easy to see the negative ramifications in 20-40 years. There is a positive opportunity for those very bright people who are not capable of formal education.
By becoming self educated. You can be one of the needed who will be paid a very good wage or better yet, you can become a new self owned business person. Below will be a list of working knowledge and working skills you will need to be successful in the next 20-40 years as this new 3D printing technology develops and matures.
Functional industrial programming, troubleshooting and testing. Repair of key computer components and other related hardware. You will also need to be a skilled user and teacher to those who use the devices.
You will need to have at least a basic understanding of the various trades. Such as various construction styles, manufacturing and industrial applications.
You will need a working knowledge of industrial robotics. The 3D robotic machines which have not even been invented yet will parked along the perimeter edge of a commercial building which will soon rise from the ground. Every building will be manufactured in this new 3D process. Everything will become made via 3D robot.
The era where machines were built inside of a building is gone. Soon the entire building will become a mechanized robot.
The advanced college educated young person will not have to obtain these skills below and could hire out the work.
As well as other education in welding with certification. Diesel Mechanics. Electricity and electronics.
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