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What will the job market for computer science degrees look like in the next 20 years?

Especially in AI and quantum computing

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Darren’s Answer

You shouldn't pick a Career purely based on the job market. You'll have to invest many years in learning and gaining experience in your chosen field, so a question you could ask yourself may be 'Is this a Career I can see myself still working in, in 20 years time?'.
20 years is a long time to work in a Career you don't enjoy.
I have over 20 years experience in the I.T. industry and I still enjoy it.
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Calvin’s Answer

The technology industry still has a long way to go! In 20 years I would expect at least 2 significant technology shifts based on recent history . However I suggest you study the branch of computer science you really enjoy, if that is AI/ML then we are still at the beginning
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Michael’s Answer

You're at a phase of learning how to learn because you will continuously evolve as the industry changes. Computer Science will be a solid foundation to grow from and will always be an in-demand skill. The talent pool for AI/ML is currently limited and very much in demand. Over the next 20 years, the skills you'll need will morph as the never ending shifts in technology evolve. Complete your degree as a baseline and stay curious as you apply those skills to the many jobs and companies you work for over your career. Don't be too concerned about what things will look like in 20 years.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

Look at the history of computer technology. This will be a lesson in how fast things change.
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Elliot’s Answer

AI and Quantum Computing ARE the future so learn the basics well. They are already in use doing incredible things. For career trajectory planning see bls.gov and search for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Computer Science degrees will not hurt you - it has been, is, and will be a good field for a long time. The question is - does it ignite your passion and purpose? If so, then carry on with it.
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Dirk’s Answer

Nobody has a Chrystal ball to predict the future. Chances are that that this is the new 'boom' industry. Risk is if someone ends up programming the AI tools that well that they end up being better/faster/cheaper than regular employees are, you are programming yourself out if a job.
Thank you comment icon Dirk, to clarify, are you saying that your prediction is that this job market may not even exist? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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