Staffing the Quantum Revolution

Stewart Wills

How should the emerging quantum technology industry educate and train its future workforce?

Optical tableOptical table in a quantum lab. [Getty Images]

In the June 2022 edition of its periodic “Quantum Technology Monitor,” the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. gushed about emerging investor and commercial interest in the sector. Start-up investment in quantum tech during 2021, the firm noted, had exceeded US$1.4 billion—more than double the 2020 level. And, as another sign of the area’s emerging investment potential, McKinsey pointed to several quantum technology firms, such as the trapped-ion quantum-computing company IonQ, that had gone or would soon go public.

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