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Amazon Is Signaling a Major Workforce Trend: Here's How to Act on It.

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03.10.2019

IBM recently estimated that within three years, 120 million workers across the globe will require retraining thanks to automation and artificial intelligence. For employers, especially those running startups in which agility and adaptability are vital to success, this kind of statistic should be a wake-up call. In the very near future, the makeup of successful companies will look quite different than it does today.

Amazon has been paying attention to this trend. The company announced a $700 million effort to retrain 100,000 workers over the next six years. The tech giant is creating programs based on internal insights and offering training not only for technical positions, but also for jobs such as nursing that don't fall under the company's traditional umbrella. Amazon knows that to weather the changes of the future, it needs to be bold about making changes today.

Related: Here's How This Company Is Adding Robots But Also Keeping Its Workers

Unquestionably, automation and AI will transform the business landscape. Many jobs will be taken over by machines, potentially putting people out of work. However, that doesn’t mean that automation will replace people in the workforce. Some occupations that machines can’t touch -- such as musicians, therapists and criminologists -- will only increase in demand. New positions will be created as a result of these technological advances.

That said, many people will still be........

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