When you think about robots stealing jobs, you tend to think of science fiction novels or movies–you never think of it really happening. Automation has been taking over the workplace for some time, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
In most industries, jobs will not be eliminated in the slightest by automation. Rather, these newly automated industries will see a significant amount of job growth.
The jobs that do end up being bulldozed by automation are the jobs whose industries have already become so outdated–that there really is no room for growth. For example, if a business owner needs help creating a recovery plan, it’s much easier to invest in a software, rather than a human who is more likely to make mistakes.
Jobs taken over by automation tend to be tedious professions that require little to no brain function. If you are working in an innovative industry, your job will probably be safe from the robots. Here are some jobs that are likely to be around for the next 20 years:
Genuinely Creative Industries
Ironically, the industries that allow you to be more creative and innovative are the ones that may save you in the end. There are many things robots can’t do, and its line is ultimately drawn at thinking creatively.
Art, science, and any other industries that allows you to use your brain to actually create new ideas and products is something that no robot can achieve. People that work as artists, designers, architects, and the like will find that their jobs require a very precise level of human perception and manipulation that can only be accomplished with the human brain.
These types of tasks are subtle and are incredibly difficult to automate with a machine or with software. Automation can easily mass-produce products–but when it comes to bringing a new idea to life, only the human mind, and human touch, can achieve this.
The same is true for those who work as scientists, mathematicians, and similar professions. These jobs require highly refined intelligence and the problem solving ability to invent new solutions to complex problems.
So far, automation has not been able to create an idea the way a human mind can. More may change in these industries within the next 20 years, but human beings are currently the go-to when it comes to thinking and working creatively.
Careers Built Around Complex Relationships
Careers that are heavily steeped in networking and building relationships are also more likely to survive the artificial intelligence apocalypse. Workers in the business and medical industries often spend a majority of their time getting to know clients and patients in order to get the job done.
The secret to these jobs is that they require a high level of social and emotional intelligence to form a real connection with others. Robots can do a lot of things, but forming a bond based on an emotional level isn’t really one of them. So far humans are the best at building real human connections with others, and no amount of artificial intelligence can take that away.
While technology can certainly execute consumer relations, these particular industries require a human’s touch in order to be effective. If you specialize in cultivating complex relationships, your job should be just fine in the future.
Spontaneous and Emergency Jobs
While automation certainly has a hold on the manual labor industry, certain jobs that require emergency manual services will never be eliminated. Jobs the fall under this category include occupational therapists, social workers, repairers, installers, and mechanics.
These jobs require a specialized knowledge of their fields and will always need a human mind to develop new solutions to problems consumers may face. Similarly, emergency professions will always require a human workforce. This is the case for firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and other first responders.
Human beings have the unique ability to respond accurately in a crisis situation while working to bring hope and comfort to those in need.
Professions the Require Physical Contact
The industry of massage therapy may not seem like a booming business, but workers can almost guarantee that they will not be replaced by robots. The techniques used in therapy require fine motor skills that no robot will really be able to master.
As automation takes over the more mundane professions, workers that regularly spend their time making human-to-human contact should count themselves safe from any automation takeover.
What Should You Do
As you work towards robot proofing your career of choice, keep in mind to make your profession focused on relationship building with people, as well as finding a career that allows you to continue thinking innovatively.
For example, if you’re currently working in an accounts payable department, you may want to consider finding a new job. This is because, your employer may consider switching to a software that can do the same amount of work at a faster pace. It’s something you want to think about if you are worried for your future.
There is no guarantee that artificial intelligence won’t advance and begin thinking creatively or developing complex relationships. For now, however, these jobs are safe from the machine takeover.