New programs in robotics, virtual reality and artificial intelligence prove popular with students seeking future-facing careers.
As technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics take on bigger roles in daily life, job opportunities for people who make it all work — and who will push those technologies forward — are expanding.
That means academic institutions are developing new degrees to train that future workforce.
Many emerging programs are at prestigious universities with storied technology programs, such as Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says Dylan Hendricks. He co-directs the Future 50 partnership at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit that helps organizations plan for the future.
But forward-looking degrees also are part of curricula at technical colleges, art and design colleges, and community colleges, which tend to be “more pragmatically forward thinking” than liberal arts colleges, Hendricks says.