Automation is typically depicted in academic literature and news articles as a colossal struggle between man and machine, in which machine seems fated to win and take over. As automation in the workplace rapidly switches from science fiction to business fact, there is wide belief that the changes it will bring along are more nuanced than a mere choice between robot and human.
A latest study suggests that millennials generally opt for occupations that are more “future-proof”, and less likely to be taken over by robots. However, that still leaves many uncertain of whether or not a robot will steal their job. Let’s take a look at 5 jobs that are the least likely to be taken over by machines, or will complement their work.
Sales are all about personal relationships, marketing, and proper communication. Fortunately, machines are not yet that great at critical thinking, or coming up with new and innovative ideas, making your creativity “future-proof”.
People who work with words, ideas, and images will possibly survive the development in automation since machines do not function like humans.
For instance, sales managers require a high level of emotional intelligence to meet their monthly quotas, collaborate and network with customers, and encourage and motivate their team members. They also have to assess data and interpret trends, and the high levels of intelligence needed – plus the continuous need to adapt to new situations – gives this job a safety cushion from automation.
2. Human Resource
The name is pretty much a good clue. Even though finding the ideal candidate is becoming increasingly dependent on data and automated screening in certain professions, the soft skills that bring humans to the table are still widely prized.
People working in the human resource field need to have high emotional intelligence and the capability to read people, something that is deficient in robots. Regardless of how technologically forward your business may be, it will still need a human at the helm to take care of all the interpersonal conflicts with the help of reasoning and non-cognitive skills. The HR industry is expected to grow by 9% till 2024 as businesses develop and require more tough structures for helping and supporting their employees.
3. Writers & Editors
Writers have to constantly ideate, produce, and edit original content. Machines can do some of this with writing prompts, title suggestions, and automated social media messages, but books, blog posts, plays and movies will most probably be written by humans for the predictable future. And even though big corporations are already looking to automate certain tasks such as writing stock exchange figures or TV listings, it is highly unlikely that machines will ever win Nobel Prizes for literature, since writing is highly dependent on creativity and emotions, two qualities that robots lack.
Some writers also edit their own work. And even though some of the load can be lifted from editors with the automated proofreading technology, they have to review writers’ submission for accuracy, clarity, originality, and comprehensiveness. While there is certain software available that can be used to detect plagiarism and check clarity, the role of an editor must be carried out by a human in order to properly read work as another human would.
There are certain professional roles in this world that cannot be taken over by robots for a very long time, if at all, and healthcare is one of them. The reason for this being that it calls for human interaction. Nursing requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, which are qualities that you won’t find in any machine that exists today.
Teachers will always be in high demand, as per Indeed – the world’s number 1 job site with a monthly traffic of over 200 million people. There is something about acquiring knowledge and finding about new things from an actual human being that adds value to the information obtained and makes it stick rather than if you were to learn everything remotely. Instructors and teachers are particularly imperative when they are teaching languages since there are usually children and even adults in classes who have migrated from different countries.
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