The rise of self-driving and electric cars will create more than 100,000 US mobility industry jobs in the next decade, reports TechRepublic

They include 30,000 jobs for engineers with computer science-related degrees, but demand could be up to six times more than the expected number of graduates in this field.

That’s the word from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Detroit Mobility Lab (DML).

The US is already on the path to adopting cars of the future.

By 2030, more than 10 per cent of cars will be self-driving, and 20 per cent will have plug-in hybrid or battery-powered electric engines, the report found.

The increasingly sophisticated technology needed to power these vehicles as well as the surrounding smart city infrastructure will require engineers to have a more advanced, systems-level skillset, it noted.

The mobility industry will need to compete with others that are also digitally transforming and trying to attract and retain engineering talent and skilled trade workers, the report said.

“Companies cannot delay defining what their workforce needs will be for the next few years so they can begin to plan accordingly,”

Boston Consulting Group’s Xavier Mosquet said.

“Those that delay could find it difficult to compete.

“Jobs will also be created where talent is developed,” he added.

Emerging mobility technologies like autonomous trucks and drones could mean even more engineers than predicted will be needed, the report found.

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