The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is a much talked about topic. Lately, much of the discussion has focused on how AI will impact jobs. So what does the future of the job market look like and how might traditional jobs change as we move towards automation.
AI is inevitable and the question right now is more about the terms of AI implementation as well as its impact on our society. The workplace will be transformed by the introduction of AI technology, with a lot of industries already changing as a result. There are certain benefits to the use of AI that are behind its ultimately global implementation. An AI won’t have to stop working, for example. Unlike humans, it won’t require breaks or rest – the only downside might be an occasional break but even that can be covered with another AI machine. After all, AIs also won’t be demanding a salary and employment benefits. It’s a no-brainer to understand why companies in all industries would want to use them.
Of course, this is giving a lot of anxiety to everyone who is currently working. What will you do if a robot turns up to do your job? These are important questions that have to be answered in order to guarantee a prosperous future for all of humanity.
According to the World Economic Forum and its the Future of Jobs report, a majority of companies will, within the next five years, automate some of its workforce and scale back on human talent. By 2030, it’s suggested that as many as 46% of current manufacturing jobs will be taken over. This kind of application of AI doesn’t just happen in the forms of robots either. AI and automation are happening across industries, especially in terms of technology use. For instance, the modern payroll software for small business can automate a lot of traditional HR functions, meaning the nature of the job is changing rapidly as a result.
With all of this in mind, are some jobs and industries more susceptible to change? What traditional jobs might automation take over or change?
AI technology is already having a big impact on this profession. Retail clerks are moving away from the checkout lines to perform other tasks around the store. But many retail jobs will also be lost to the self-checkout aisle. This is combined with the fact that more people are doing their shopping online instead of the high street. Some jobs are created in the IT department of running these online operations but of course, a lot of jobs will be lost in the process.
Office administration is a rather straightforward role that could be easily automated. AI can already fill many forms and schedule things accurately, even helping HR professionals with things like recruitment. This means that many administrative roles will either disappear or become more about people management and service. It’s unlikely for all office jobs to disappear but this sector is likely to witness the most change in terms of the nature of the job.
The whole sector of transport from delivering packages to driving a taxi is one of the biggest sectors AI will change. Already self-driving vehicles and drones are being tested in a number of countries meaning that many people working in transport might be out of a job. At the start, the nature of the job is likely to change to something of an IT personnel – truck drivers might simply sit in the vehicle and observe that the AI is working properly. Some have even suggested that future transportation isn’t done with the humans in these vehicles but rather monitored from an office. For example, the deliver man might be controlling the drone miles away from where the delivery is being made.
Preparing for the future
For any young person, this is the time to think about the future and become prepared for the rise of the AI. The truth is that it will be hard to see into the future, as AI development is still taking baby steps. But what is certain is that traditional job will change and that most people won’t be in a single profession for all their lives. Indeed, the future is paved for those with good transferable skills and the good news is that many professions already teach these.
However, it is up to the young people to keep improving their skillset throughout their careers – you can’t just expect for your line of work to stay the same anymore. Preparing for the future is important right now but it’ll also be important as you enter the workforce.
The above is just a glimpse of some of the traditional jobs that’ll be changed by AI. While some jobs are undoubtedly going to change if not even disappear, there will also be plenty of new jobs and opportunities out there. The main thing is to stay alert and educated on AI and its impact on our society.