CompTIAWorld, Issue 6, Fall 2019

Last Word

and entirely newworlds are unlocked, heretofore only imagined in science fiction, including more efficient food production, manufacturing, resource conservation, energy production and communications. We continue to see broadband speeds grow by leaps and bounds, and the hope of 5G and beyond can usher in viability for entirely new form factors for our home and mobile devices as we begin to more fully realize the

potential of virtual and augmented reality. So many industries, from travel and leisure, sports and entertainment, education, retail, medicine, advanced manufacturing and others, will be completely transformed by widescale utilization of technologies that excite our visual and auditory senses. The best part of this massive wave of innovation will be the explosion of jobs resulting from the widescale adoption of the technologies mentioned above. We need systems integrators and architects, network and systems administrators, systems engineers and installation pros, database administrators and data analysts, project managers, marketing, communications and technical sales professionals, and cybersecurity professionals across the board. Thousands upon thousands of positions will be created over the next 10 years. Millions of people will be needed to fill these new jobs as well as to replace those who founded this industry nearly 50 years ago who are beginning to retire in mass today. Your call to action is to evangelize about this industry—about the good it has done and the awesome amount of good it has left

to do. So, whether you're in the largest city or the smallest town, take stock of the past, present and amazing future ahead, and advocate for young people to flock to this industry, for business leaders to invest in the best possible future and for governments, both state and local, to make wise decisions. Because if we all get on the same page and spread the same word, we can make things happen beyond our wildest imagination.

Todd presents a scholarship to a student fromMcKamy Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas at the 2018 Technology Student Association National Conference.

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