What are the most future-proof jobs?
Pulled from science fiction novels galore, the media would have us believe that robotisation has already taken place in our economy. Yet despite the faddish trends of claiming that robots will take your job, automation has created jobs as well as removed them.
At least in today’s world, the implementation of machines into a business usually means an employee having to effectively manage it. Professor Donald Hislop from Loughborough University says that the “impact for most workers won’t be a job loss, but job augmentation – routine tasks may become automated, but humans will continue to play a significant role.”
This is certainly the case in several CaliBurger chains in the US where Flippy the robot can flip 12 burgers at a time. Flippy replaced the menial task of flipping burgers whilst human employees looked over them. It appears robots will work with humans, not replace them, at least for now.
Sectors most affected
Critics have noted that job automation doesn’t discriminate and those working in the legal sector face just as high a risk of automation as factory workers do. 81% of cooks are expected to be replaced by robots whilst telemarketing and telephone customer services have an outrageously high automation expectancy, despite 43% of people wishing to speak with a real person when they have a general query and call a business for the answer.
Least affected sectors
Despite its apparent non-discrimination, there are some sectors that by design have a very low chance of being replaced. One such example might be those working in mental health. Whilst it might be argued that a machine can undertake a highly precise medical operation, it’s difficult trying to imagine a mental health patient opening up to a robot.
Of course, a reliance on machines also means a reliance on developers. Developers write the algorithms to which the machines run by. Without them, automation wouldn’t be possible. By extension, AI specialists and cybersecurity experts are also pivotal in allowing this level of automation to happen, so their roles seem safe, too.
Elements of AI learning can be found when machines beat the world’s best players in complex games like chess, or compose original pieces of music, or write poems which, to many, are indistinguishable from a poem written by a human.
Whilst the greatest threats to human civilisation may be AI and robots, other elements we rely on such as empathy and creativity are difficult for us to decipher, and we are unable to tell machines how to master something we have not yet mastered ourselves.
What’s your opinion? Is your role at risk or are you safe as houses?
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