Technologies and technology are on the rise in Michigan, as well as across the country, and it’s all part of a burgeoning digital economy.
Technology is transforming how we live, work, and play.
In addition to being used to improve the quality of life, technology has become a tool for social and political change.
But as Michigan continues to embrace its digital economy, we’re also seeing a shift towards a more technocratic approach to government, said Mark Feltman, executive director of the Michigan Institute for Manufacturing Technology.
“The technology is coming in to change the way we do business, the way our government operates,” Feltmon said.
“This is happening in all of our sectors.
It’s going to be one of the big issues for this state and the nation.”
One of the most popular industries for technology workers is manufacturing, but it’s also becoming increasingly important to government.
According to a recent report from the Center for Business and Economic Research, the number of jobs in manufacturing grew by 22 percent between 2014 and 2020, while the number employed in related occupations grew by 15 percent.
While many people associate this with technology, the report also noted that it has broader societal impacts as well.
It found that technology and automation have been linked to higher levels of poverty and unemployment in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
In the first nine months of 2021, Michigan experienced the highest rate of unemployment in the nation, at 8.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state also experienced the most severe economic hardship in the United States in the first half of 2021: A record 3.3 million jobs were lost in the state in the final quarter of 2021.
“Technology is not just a technology for jobs,” Fstmon said, “but it is a tool that is used by governments, businesses, communities and citizens to improve governance and to create a better future.”
Fstemon said that while technology is growing in Michigan’s economy, the state is also seeing changes in the way it deals with it.
“We’re seeing more and more people in government using technology to get things done and that is changing how the government operates and what it’s able to do,” he said.
In 2018, Michigan ranked sixth in the country for digital disruption.
The economic impact of digital disruption is “disproportionately affecting people of color, lower-income people, those living in rural areas, those with disabilities, seniors, the middle class, the unemployed and those who live in poverty,” the report stated.
In Michigan, more than 30 percent of all jobs in the manufacturing sector were held by non-tech workers.
Technology has been used to reduce costs for governments, Fstemons said, as opposed to government agencies or even individuals.
“There is an argument that we’re going to use technology in a way that we can’t otherwise,” he noted.
“But the reality is that the only way that the government can be effective in all areas is to use technologies and not by itself.”
Feltmons added that while the technology sector is important, it’s not the only industry that is creating digital disruption in Michigan.
“One of the things that is happening is that a lot of the technology that’s going on is coming from the public sector and private companies,” he explained.
“A lot of these things are creating an economic engine that is impacting our state.”
A new generation of technology experts In Michigan’s rapidly growing digital economy and in Michigan as a whole, it is important to be able to tap into the talents of both professionals and non-professionals.
In a state with a population of more than 10 million, there are nearly 400,000 manufacturing jobs in Michigan that are vacant.
While the vast majority of these jobs are created in the public and private sectors, there is a growing number of people in the digital world who have a variety of technical skills that are not readily available to people in manufacturing.
For example, people in cybersecurity, information security and digital design can’t necessarily work for companies in the same industry as those who are doing IT.
The job of a software developer is changing, too.
In 2021, there were 2,400 people in Michigan who worked in a digital-related job, according the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
This includes both full-time and part-time employees who work in the software development and manufacturing industries.
There are also more jobs in digital marketing than in manufacturing, according data from the Michigan Technology Association.
The data also showed that in 2020, the average wage for a full- time digital marketing employee was $57,788.
In 2020, this represented just over 10 percent of the state’s total total jobs.
The average hourly wage in the entire state of Michigan in 2020 was $21.63.
“Michigan has the highest number of job openings in the Midwest for software developers, and they are also the most sought-after job