While technology is making workforces across industries smarter and more productive, the fear remains that automation and artificial intelligence will render many jobs obsolete. However, there are a record 5.9 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. simply because applicants don’t possess the requisite skills. According to a new article in TechCrunch, AR technology in particular is helping workers fill these positions by enhancing workers’ skillsets and preparing them for the next generation of jobs.

AR – delivered on smart glasses – can accelerate employee training as Upskill CEO Brian Ballard points out. “At a base level, people need more skills to do their jobs,” he says. Smart glasses provide a way to get better information right way by placing it, in context, right in front of the employee. In fact, Boeing found that for certain jobs, such as creating wired hubs for airplanes, employees trained with AR are more productive, more accurate and more satisfied with the experience. It’s easy to understand why these employees might enjoy learning with AR in the field more than being lectured at in a classroom and then trying to recall what they learned when they are back on the job.

Although we are still in the early stages of AR in the workplace, the results thus far are promising. It appears to be one tool that is working to speed up the learning process to fill those “unfillable” jobs.

To learn more, read the article, “How augmented reality could save tech from itself,” in TechCrunch.

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