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A Future Full of Opportunity

In this work of the future, JCU grads demonstrate that rather than a decisive machine vs man showdown, the work of the future unfolds as a slow and carefully choreographed tango. Machines measure, capture, sift and sort. Humans inquire, form theories, and translate data into action.

In that way, the sensor technology and resulting data that informs daily routines of a physical therapist for the Buffalo Bills are not that different from the data captured by a medivac nurse or the Army’s top veterinarian.

How do you see people, tech and data changing the work of the future?

Program Manager

“Right now, I see human talent and computers improving the world in tandem and there isn't yet a clear "leader." Technology needs people who don't know everything and who aren't masters of a particular domain because it's those folks who look at problems differently and involve others. The non-tech techies are English majors, MBAs and sculptors: our views aren't myopic because we've entered the field not knowing what we don't know.”

Meredith Whitney '06, Program Manager, Google

Physical Therapist

“We use tech and data to guide our decision making and return to play criteria. We use catapult/GPS data, force plate data, and data from systems such as Nordbord and ForceFrame Strength Testing. Today’s students will graduate into a world of advanced sensors, real-time data visualization and cloud analytics.”

Joseph Micca '10, Physical Therapist, Buffalo Bills

Fundraising Executive

Fundraising in the UK — like many places — has been catapulted into a mostly virtual existence. We rely on technology to run events, collect payments and communicate with donors. Without face-to-face interaction, we have to be savvier in using data to engage audiences and understand donor motivations. We’re all adapting. You need to know the tech, privacy regulations and be very creative.”

Laura Heaton '15, Fundraising Executive, The Prince's Trust, London, UK

Social Media Manager

"I’ve learned a lot working in technology, including this: empathy is not a weakness, even in tech. It helps you build stronger teams and deliver more for your customers. Soft skills are easy to deprioritize, but they’re often what set you apart as an effective employee and leader.”

Maura Stewart '14, Social Media Manager, Amazon

Bioinformatics Scientist

“As a bioinformatician, I work with large volumes of DNA sequence data and do a lot of coding in Python. As an undergraduate, I don't think I understood the full value of coding and statistics. I started out pre-med and ended up going to graduate school to study genetics in reptiles and amphibians. Biology to me meant learning about organismal biology and ecology, but as we continue towards "big data", the computational and programming skills are becoming essential. That came much later in my career but appreciating data would have benefited me from the very beginning.”

Daniel Portik ‘07, Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Pacific Biosciences


One of my primary research interests is ocean modeling. Imagine wanting to forecast something like winds and currents in Polar regions. Oceanographic observation generally poses a big challenge — we are limited in our ability to either capture or model the scale and speed of information coming from oceans, either above or below the surface. I am currently writing a proposal that will use machine learning to improve our forecasting.  It will allow us to have access to unprecedented amounts of new observation types in a difficult-to-operate-in area.  Machine learning methods are changing oceanography, and I imagine every scientific field. I encourage any student interesting in pursuing science as a career to become familiar with the basics of machine learning.

Philip Muscarella '06, Ph.D., Research Scientist (Ocean Modeling), SRI International

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500 + Ways JCU Prepares You for the Work of the Future

The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic offers an example of JCU alums creating value in a changing world of work. More than 500 JCU graduates from 32 academic majors, minors and concentration help to advance this global center of medical research and care.

President Miciak

“There’s room for a lot of different skill areas in this economy and each economy to follow,”

Dr. Alan Miciak, President, John Carroll University

Key Work of the Future Concepts

New technologies touch nearly every academic major and career path, starting with the collection and application of data. While you may imagine a career in marketing, education, business, nursing or law, your day-to-day routines will intersect with these new tools and insights.

“For the foreseeable future, therefore, the most promising uses of artificial intelligence will not involve computers replacing people, but rather, people and computers working together—as “superminds”—to do both cognitive and physical tasks that could not be done before.”

- MIT Work of the Future

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