Technology Ethicists


Education and Training Requirements

High School

A well-rounded education is a solid foundation for future technology ethicist work. Take classes in business, economics, computers, history, government, and social studies. Strong research and writing skills are important in this field so be sure to take communications, English, and writing classes. Knowledge of a foreign language can be helpful for work with international companies.

Postsecondary Training

Technology ethicists usually have a bachelor's degree and the areas of study often vary. Coursework that is helpful for this career covers topics such as business, ethics, cybersecurity, law, social sciences, digital media, social media, information technology, and technology management. Technology ethicists may also have degrees in product and technology design or in engineering. Technology ethicists also continue learning throughout their careers by taking classes and webinars offered by professional associations and higher education institutions.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Technology ethicists may have voluntary certification to show current and potential employers they have achieved a level of knowledge and understanding of technology ethics. The Management and Strategy Institute offers the Certified Ethics Associate designation to those who complete a training program and pass the certification exam. Find information at https://www.msicertified.com/it-ethics-certification.html. The organization CertNexus offers the Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist designation to those who complete five courses through Coursera and pass the certification exam. Find details at https://certnexus.com/certification/ceet.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Technology ethicists bring varied backgrounds and work experience to their job. Many have a bachelor's degree and five or more years of experience in technology, artificial intelligence, or in other industries.

Strong research and analytical skills are needed for this type of work. Technology ethicists must be realistic and logical, able to identify the technologies and their usages that may present ethical issues and challenges. They have strong problem-solving skills and are effective in developing and presenting solutions. Clear communication skills are required for explaining their findings and writing and presenting their proposals for internal staff and senior management. Technology ethicists must also keep up with developments and innovations in technologies as well as in corporate and technology ethics. They must be curious and interested in continuing their education throughout their careers.