No matter how advanced technology gets, human skills remain incredibly hard to replace. Yes, it’s possible to automate a robot to perform certain actions but when interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence get involved humans prosper.
Any job that requires empathy will be difficult to automate, as will any job where you’re managing or developing people (9% at risk of automation), where decision-making, planning or creativity is required (18% at risk), or where you’re interacting with people (20%). Here are 6 jobs that will be needed in the future and slow to be replaced by Artificial Intelligence:
1. Childcare Practitioner
Babies and toddlers are dependent on the care of others, and it’s unlikely parents will want to leave their growing children in the arms of emotion free robots.
There have been numerous studies done on this topic, each of which conclude that personalised and loving care is crucial to a child’s healthy development. Children need human interaction to develop and so if you are in the childcare profession you will be sought after in the future.
AI is already having a positive impact on the food industry, from precision farming to personalised nutrition, but it’s unlikely robots will be taking over Michelin Star restaurants in the future.
Yes precision, which robots excel in, is important in cooking but creativity and passion are also vital as are the human senses of taste, smell, sight and touch. So, although AI and robots will contribute to our meals, the job of a good chef is safe for future generations.
3. Tour guide
Nowadays in museums and popular tourist sites, you’re often offered the option of a recorded “robotic” tour or a personal experience with a real-life tour guide. I’ve done both, and option two is always more interesting and enjoyable.
Research has shown that experiences are far more conducive to personal happiness than possessions, and that over 80% of millennials are looking for something local and personal when they travel which bodes well for the tour guides of the future.
4. Journalist & Content Creator
You might not have noticed but you could already be reading articles and news written by artificial intelligence. The Washington Post’s robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year alone.
This might sound alarming for writers, but there’s no need for concern. AI can generate low-level sports stories and financial results but can’t get to the heart of a story in the way that good journalism can – capturing emotion and creating a connection through words.
Well-written content is more important than ever – which is good news for journalism, content and marketing jobs of the future.
5. Dental Hygienist
A machine examining your teeth while you lie vulnerable on a dentist chair sounds like a scene from a horror movie, and happily it won’t be a reality anytime soon.
Currently just 13% of the work of a dental hygienist can be automated, but more importantly, humans will be very slow to let a robot near their teeth. With that said AI will help our visits to the dentist.
AI is currently being used in many hospitals to improve efficiency and patient record accuracy, in time this will also be brought into dentistry. Good news for the future of dentistry jobs and for patients’ teeth.
6. Artificial Intelligence Programmer
How can AI replace your job if you are the one in control of the AI? Many experts argue that people with programming skills will be in the most advantageous position in the future, as robots can’t overthrow you if you’re the one programming them.
In some ways this is already the case as skills in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are very much niche and sought after in Ireland and further afield. If you want a career for the future this is the area to delve into.
In general, those who are highly skilled and highly educated will be more competitive in the future. If you’re concerned about your area of expertise, focus on developing your soft skills, such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and cultural awareness. These are the kind of skills that will get you a job in 2018, 2030 or any other year into the future.