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3 cutting-edge careers that are changing the world

Explore these three career areas that are pushing the envelope of what’s possible, to make a better world for us to not only live, but one in which humanity can thrive.

The world is changing exponentially faster than ever before with innovation begetting innovation at an astounding rate. New technologies and methods not only allow us to increase the current rates of production and efficiency but help give birth to what can be produced, and who can produce it.

The following are three career areas that are pushing the envelope of what’s possible, to make a better world for us to not only live, but one in which humanity can thrive. 

Mechatronics

Mechatronics is the intersection of mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science as well as their integration within product design and manufacturing. Mechatronics can increase precision, productivity, efficiency and control, and without most of us realising, it’s already having a major influence on our daily lives.

Mechatronics engineers work across all aspects of the development, design, testing and manufacture of products. With the increasing capabilities of electronics, more and more modern mechanical systems are being embedded with electronics and controls - to the extent that it is difficult to think of many products today that are purely electronic, electrical or mechanical in nature. This means that the lines between each discipline are becoming less and less visible, and there is a growing demand for mechatronics engineers with a strong knowledge of each of these areas.

By following a career into mechatronics to innovate mind-blowing integrations, you can be one of the people changing the world by improving the way people go about their lives. TAFE NSW has a range of engineering and electrotechnology courses to help you pave the way for the future. 

Agriculture

Despite farming and agriculture being an ancient profession, it is modern techniques and technology that will ensure the profession’s future survival, and by extension, the survival of humanity.

Those new technologies and techniques are helping to radically improve the efficiencies and outputs for our farms. From managing and measuring inputs to documenting and quantifying sustainability metrics, farmers who integrate digital techniques will be able to operate in a food economy that now demands visibility across the whole production cycle. It will also allow consumers to more thoroughly understand their food, as well as the various links involved along the food chain.

The impact of society’s demand for food production transparency will only increase and producers who are unprepared are going to find it difficult to compete. Modern technology is the answer.

Agriculture and environmental courses, like those at TAFE NSW, are educating the next generation of people with the skills and innovations that will change the way the world produces and consumes food.

Artificial intelligence

Since the dawn of computers, the ability to construct a machine that rivals humans’ ability to think, reason and learn, has been the ultimate goal of many people.

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) systems have become powerful tools that are starting to perform as well as (and in some instances outperform) their creators at certain tasks. This has resulted in businesses throughout a variety of sectors relying more heavily on artificial intelligence to deliver business value. Forbes estimates that artificial intelligence will contribute $3.9 trillion in business value by 2022.

And beyond business, AI has the potential to change the world in such diverse areas as sports performance, design, traffic flow and management, medical practices, art, migration, and farming methods, to name but a few.

By studying at TAFE NSW, you can help shape the future our everyday lives by better understanding the minds of machines.

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