Every modern worker lives with the same fear in the back of their mind; will my job last? Or, to be more specific, am I in a line of work that will someday be taken over by a machine of some sort?
As technology continues to get crazier and crazier, the number of jobs being taken over by robots and machines is ever increasing. We’ve already seen jobs in numerous industries go down this route, but will yours be next?
Today, I take a look at some of the most common and prevalent jobs in multiple industries to figure out whether or not they’ll soon become victims of the technological overhaul. It’s a scary thought, but this could help you realize if maybe you need to get a different job that’s more sustainable and won’t be taken over by technology in the future!
Office jobs cover so many different and traditional careers. I’m mainly talking about things like admin roles, receptionists, personal assistants, and so on. In some companies, many of these roles are slowly being taken over by machines of some type. As you can imagine, this presents a worrying time for scores of the population.
Do you have to worry if you’ve got a typical office/admin job? In reality, yes, you do. Nowadays, we’re seeing the rise in Artificial Intelligence systems, which paves the way for things like Siri, which is essentially a personal assistant in your iPhone. Technology like this allows people to make adjustments to their calendars, save notes, ring people, take calls, and so much more. The need for actual assistants is decreasing every year as this technology gets smarter and smarter.
Realistically, the only ‘office’ jobs that are safe are ones where you have a certain speciality - such as marketing, sales, or accounting. Here, you need skills that only a human can boast, so you should be relatively safe in the future.
Another massive sector that’s being stricken by technology is retail. This is probably the industry that’s suffered the most job cuts thanks to technological advancements and machines. Ultimately, shops are being replaced by their online counterparts, which immediately reduces the need for many retail workers. Now, we’re seeing ideas from companies like Amazon for stores that are completely devoid of any workers at all. In short; the future looks bleak for anyone with a retail job.
Sure, there are plenty of companies out there that still employ lots of people and depend on humans to do most of the work. But, even something as simple as a self-service checkout has taken jobs away from humans. Instead of needing multiple cashiers to scan shopping items, people can do it themselves using a machine.
I guess the bottom line is that, if you’re working somewhere that still has a physical store, then there will still be a few jobs available for you. In reality, the best way to survive in retail is to put yourself at the top of the ladder. Start your own business, become a manager - take up roles where your job is more valuable and harder to replace.
The manufacturing industry was one of the first places to really get hit by technology. Nowadays, if you walk into any factory floor, you’ll see loads of complex machines doing all the construction and building of equipment. Hardly anything is made by human hands these days, largely because machines offer more precision, tireless workloads, and they cost less as well.
So, if you work in manufacturing, does this mean your days are numbered? Not necessarily, there is always going to be the need for a human presence in this line of work. While robots and machines do most of the work, humans are needed to help operate machinery or ensure that problems don’t occur. Manufacturing equipment can easily break down thanks to tiny problems with small parts like a ball screw. While you wait for ball screw repair, a human needs to step up and manually do the job of the machine. Likewise, humans are needed to help transport things around the factory floor and keep everything moving in the right direction.
Therefore, if you work in this industry, your best bet is to try and find jobs that aren’t directly related to manufacturing things. Instead, try and find management roles or jobs where you need to monitor the machines and work alongside them!
Jobs in finance are pretty diverse, which is a good thing when you have machines to worry about. This is perhaps one field where technology actually won’t fully take over from people. Sure, there is a lot of technology in the financial industry, and we see machines doing things all the time. For example, stockbrokers now have machines to help them figure out which stocks to invest in next. In general, machines complement humans and help make their jobs easier.
People with finance jobs can feel pretty safe that they won’t be overrun by machines. I think this is mainly because we have trouble trusting machines to take care of our money. If we need financial advice or guidance, then we’d much rather speak to another human being than try to seek advice from a robot!
The only area of finance that’s perhaps going to suffer the wrath of machines is banking. Bank tellers are slowly being replaced by automated ATM machines that allow people to deposit checks, withdraw cash, and do most functions that a teller used to do. These days, you see fewer bank tellers in bank branches because of this.
So, after reading this, should you be worried about your future career prospects? Loads of traditional jobs are slowly being taken over by machines, robots, and technology. The good news is, there are still plenty of different jobs that will always be dependent on humans. For anyone out there thinking about a career change - or just getting their foot on the working ladder - then it makes sense to look for jobs that have a bright future and won’t be taken over by machines!