How do we prepare students to participate in the emerging workplace opportunities offered by quantum information science? We need to focus more broadly on how this technology is going to evolve and the range of skills that will be needed to support it. And from a learner's perspective, the fact that this represents a range of career opportunities that are only going to grow and morph and evolve.
According to research from MarketstoMarkets, the overall quantum computing market is expected to grow from USD 93 million by 2019 to USD 283 million by 2024 at a CAGR of 24.9%. The QCaaS market is expected to grow from USD 4 million in 2019 to USD 13 million by 2024 at a CAGR of 26.8%.
In the next decade, discoveries arising from quantum information science (QIS) will transform businesses including energy storage, chemical engineering, drug discovery, financial portfolio optimization, materials science, communications, and more.
Making advances in the field will require a range of skillsets - certainly, people with backgrounds in physics, math, and computer science as well as electrical and mechanical engineering will be in demand.
But as with any emerging technology, an entire ecosystem of adjacent businesses is appearing to build the lasers and dilution refrigerators and workbenches needed to evolve this new approach. In addition, people with communications and marketing talent will be critically important when creating and sharing the messaging.
There are also roles for people with skills in management consulting, operations, legal, regulatory, and policy issues as well as education.
Christopher Bishop and John Barnes share their perspective on how the quantum workforce is evolving and how to be successful in this exciting new field.
The session is a 45-minute interactive virtual workshop that includes a socio-historical perspective on quantum technology's evolution and attempts to demystify how to actually get a job working in the field of quantum information science.