technology, #tech, #edtech, #techjobs, #bigdata, #data, Data analytics, #IT, technological literacy, #elearning, web developmentWe live in a technology-driven world. The impact technology has on our lives is so profound, the loss of it would throw us back into the Dark Ages. It’s everywhere.  You’re reading this because of technology … on your phone, tablet, or computer. And technology brought you here—from Twitter, Facebook, etc.

While some might believe technology has reached its zenith, it’s impossible not to see the positive impact technology has had on our lives.

Look at digital learning—you can get an accredited degree from the comfort of your living room. News, both good and bad—like the Boston bombings—travels faster on social media than it does on CNN.  Technology even impacts healthcare—you can use digital publishing tools to educate and inform about health issues, like Ebola. And wearable technology, like the Fitbit, helps make personal fitness more interactive and gives patients the ability to track progress in real time.

The job market is chock full of technology jobs. Web development, app development, software engineering, programming—these are the skills that are in high demand. You can’t look anywhere on job sites, social media platforms, or news sites without reading about tech jobs and the skills in big demand. You can’t even work at Walmart without understanding technology. Running a register? Technology. Using a price gun? Technology.

As Forbes contributor Reuven Gorsht said, “With an entire generation that was born digital entering the workforce, everyone will need to become fluent in digital and social media forms of communications in the same way that they currently assess a paper or presentation.”

Technological literacy is important if you want to thrive in today’s workforce. According to John Shinal, there is a higher chance of economic growth for tech workers, particularly those who live and work in tech-friendly cities, like San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston, some of the top cities where the American dream is still alive and thriving. Tech workers in Seattle—home to Microsoft and Amazon— were paid an average annual salary of $93,500 in 2012 and had just over a 10 percent chance of economic mobility within one generation.

Technology is one of the leading industries with the most job growth, year after year. If you want a profitable future, your skillset needs to include technology education, such as big data expertise. Louis Columbus says in the year 2014, there was a 123.60 percent increase in demand for IT project managers with big data expertise and nearly a 90 percent increase for computer systems analysts. And the median salary for workers with technology skills is an average $100K a year.

Technology is the future. It’s the driving force behind our progress as a society. It’s what separates us from the animals and keeps us at the top of the food chain. Technology is the foundation of our existence. As historian David Nye—author of Technology Matters—wrote, “Technology matters because it is inseparable from being human.”