What jobs will never become obsolete due to technology in the future?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Corey Duncan



What jobs will never become obsolete due to technology in the future?

I don't think there will be any, going far enough into the future.

While some, like Mark Andreesen, believe that creativity remains and will remain a human province, here is my answer (footnotes removed for ease of reading):

"Evidence of artificial creativity

AIs have invented "methods and gadgets" that were creative enough (or, in the words of the US Patent Office, "novel and not obvious") to obtain US patents.50 They have written short stories, news articles , 51 books of fiction 52 and poetry53 that may be indistinguishable from human creations. They have created art, images54 and

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I don't think there will be any, going far enough into the future.

While some, like Mark Andreesen, believe that creativity remains and will remain a human province, here is my answer (footnotes removed for ease of reading):

"Evidence of artificial creativity

AIs have invented "methods and gadgets" that were creative enough (or, in the words of the US Patent Office, "novel and not obvious") to obtain US patents.50 They have written short stories, news articles , 51 books of fiction 52 and poetry53 that may be indistinguishable from human creations. They have created art, images54 and musical compositions in the styles of human masters, as well as in their own style that is both non-human and yet beautiful.55 They have discovered new mathematical proofs.56 As Ray Kurzweil has said, “The artificial intelligence programs diagnose electrocardiograms with an accuracy that rivals that of doctors, evaluate medical images, fly and land airplanes, guide intelligent autonomous weapons, make automated investment decisions for more than a trillion dollars in funds and guide industry processes. ”57 An unspoken truth of the investment industry is that, in many cases, people don't actually manage money; the software does. (For example, HF trading, by its nature, must be done using software.) Even science, to the extent that it is now a computational process of grinding through large amounts of data, can be automated, although conceiving the big questions that become important falsifiable hypotheses requires a special kind of creativity. people don't really manage money; the software does. (For example, HF trading, by its nature, must be done using software.) Even science, to the extent that it is now a computational process of grinding through large amounts of data, can be automated, although conceiving the big questions that become important falsifiable hypotheses requires a special kind of creativity. people don't really manage money; the software does. (For example, HF trading, by its nature, must be done using software.) Even science, to the extent that it is now a computational process of grinding through large amounts of data, can be automated, although conceiving the big questions that become important falsifiable hypotheses requires a special kind of creativity.

Some will protest that this may be true for routine tasks, but it will never be true for creative pursuits, which are as vital in business and science as they are in the arts.

And yet the range of creative activities that can potentially be automated continues to expand. Recently, researchers have pioneered a technique to automate discovery in large data sets; a process that until now has required human participation. This is:

The researchers demonstrated this idea with data from real-world problems, including detecting abnormal heart activity from cardiac recordings and classifying astronomical objects from raw photometry. In all cases and without access to knowledge of the original domain, the researchers demonstrated that the performance of these general algorithms was on par with the precision of specialized algorithms and heuristics expertly tuned to work. "58

The scope of AI invention and discovery is not limited to data.59 At the time of writing, AI has made at least one major scientific discovery. This is:

An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse engineered the regeneration mechanism of planarians, the tiny worms whose extraordinary power to regenerate body parts has made them a model for research in human regenerative medicine ... the discovery of the Biologists at Tufts University present the first regeneration model discovered by a non-human intelligence and the first comprehensive planarian regeneration model, which had eluded human scientists for more than 100 years.60

Even magic tricks, which most of us would assume to be exclusively human, are being performed by AI. assert with certainty that human levels of creativity cannot be reproduced. Examples of AI composers include David Cope's "Experiments in Musical Intelligence" 62 and Francois Pachet of Sony's Computer Science Lab, 63 among others. AI-generated writing now has commercial value, although it has yet to demonstrate the ability to produce excellent or best-selling books. For example, Narrative Sciences AI writes articles for 30 clients, including Forbes.64 (Perhaps it is obvious that, for the same reason, little human writing qualifies as excellent).

IBM's Watson, which is now being developed into thousands of applications by partner companies, is actually creating new and useful things by ignoring human biases. For example, you are inventing tasty food recipes that professional chefs thought were impossible.65 Converging technologies now allow holographic renderings of deceased musical performers, some of whom may even perform newly created songs in the style of the deceased person. 66 As for caring for others, that depends on what you mean by this. Robotic nurses are already being seriously considered for disaster relief and more67 and PARO, an animatronic hallmark, provides a compelling illusion of affection.

I will gladly concede exploration as a human being, and if AI ever develops an exploratory spirit, there is plenty of room in this vast universe for it to do so by our side rather than replacing us. (Exploration, expressions of affection and affection, learning and play will always remain available to humans, and if they are of no economic utility in a Celebration Society, it will not matter.) "

(From: A Celebration Society)

It is very difficult to predict the specific answer to this question because all the great innovations create entirely new labor markets that cannot even be imagined in advance (for example, advances in DNA that create the need for genetic counselors, advancements in alternative energy that create the need for solar panel installers, etc.). But here are my best guesses:

  1. Information security analyst or expert. If there's one thing automation will probably never end about, it's this. As the iOT (Internet of Things) takes off and people have more connected devices to depend on, security threats will only increase exponentially.
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It is very difficult to predict the specific answer to this question because all the great innovations create entirely new labor markets that cannot even be imagined in advance (for example, advances in DNA that create the need for genetic counselors, advancements in alternative energy that create the need for solar panel installers, etc.). But here are my best guesses:

  1. Information security analyst or expert. If there's one thing automation will probably never end about, it's this. As iOT (Internet of Things) takes off and people have more connected devices to depend on, security threats will only grow exponentially. Most tech companies are still very reactionary when it comes to security, so I hope the usual pattern will continue: Tech innovation is created, hackers learn to exploit it, industry adjusts to the threat, I repeat. . Also consider that cyber warfare can eventually affect the safety of each individual more directly. For example, a hacker can use that connected dishwasher in your home to flood your apartment or house with water.
  2. Military jobs. They will change but will continue to exist. The front lines on the battlefield could be drone operators or robot technicians rather than infantry, but human involvement will still be needed in some form.
  3. Creative works. Actor, singer, musician, professional athlete (this is a form of entertainment), writer, artist. These are all fields in which subjective preferences dictate the demand for the product. And it's a safe bet that people will always value and appreciate man-made art more than machine-made art because we can connect with it on an emotional level.
  4. Medical and mental health jobs. Psychologist, Social Worker, Primary Care Physician, Counselor. These are all jobs that require technical skills and empathy for the job to be performed to its fullest potential. Until or unless technology can create a form of empathy that equals or exceeds that ability in a human being, I don't think these jobs will go away.

For an interesting personal story related to this topic, please take a look at my blog: Sorry Automation, Humans Are Far From Obsolete - Computer Camaraderie Corp.

Any job that requires creating things or understanding things that did not exist before or that we do not understand today. Are you sure.

This includes the entire spectrum of creative and scientific arts.

Anyone presenting artificial / simulated creativity completely loses the sense of human art, human creativity, and the nature and capabilities of artificial intelligence. If one were to draw Venn diagrams of each, human art and human creativity overlap to a great extent, while the nature and capabilities of artificial intelligence are not only disconnected from the other two, but are at a difference.

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Any job that requires creating things or understanding things that did not exist before or that we do not understand today. Are you sure.

This includes the entire spectrum of creative and scientific arts.

Anyone presenting artificial / simulated creativity completely loses the sense of human art, human creativity, and the nature and capabilities of artificial intelligence. If one were to draw Venn diagrams of each, human art and human creativity overlap to a great extent, while the nature and capabilities of artificial intelligence are not only disconnected from the other two, it is on a different planet separate from our entire evolutionary tree.

Any job that requires care is beyond the reach of AI. Not because an AI is incapable of perfectly mimicking human empathy, it is because humans know that it is a simulation and therefore we do not see the AI ​​as an equal, but as soulless as a toaster. It does not matter how much empathetic caring is when one is aware that it is theater and not "real."

People are far above estimating AI and underestimating humans. Frankly, it is both an insult to humans and a tragic blindness to the complexity of human society. AI and automation will do a lot, but they will do nothing near "everything."

Do you know how you can be aggravated by a confusing app or website interface that is not necessary and is just another chance to place an ad for a fraudulent beauty / sex / mortgage product that you would never buy anyway? Imagine multiplying by 1,000,000 as everything has AI marketing enhanced GUI hologram interfaces floating in front of you blocking your field of view as you try to perform your usual everyday tasks ... See? Now you have an idea of ​​the future that awaits us.

There are some jobs that being human is inherently better for, at least for some people sometimes. These jobs include:

  • Professional athlete
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Therapist
  • Prostitute

None.

Jobs are being destroyed and created since prehistoric times.

Fire-Keeper is obsolete for at least several millennia.

Buggy-Whip-Maker had become obsolete in the early 20th century.

etc ...

The service industry has the slowest rate of change, and a Dickensian grocer will understand almost all the tasks (if not how they are performed) of a modern grocer, but Jeff Bezos is already out of the question ...

But again, this Dickensian shopkeeper will not understand jobs as an airline pilot, programmer, driver (of any vehicle that is not driven by horses), etc.

So, as the old catchphrase goes, we improvise,

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None.

Jobs are being destroyed and created since prehistoric times.

Fire-Keeper is obsolete for at least several millennia.

Buggy-Whip-Maker had become obsolete in the early 20th century.

etc ...

The service industry has the slowest rate of change, and a Dickensian grocer will understand almost all the tasks (if not how they are performed) of a modern grocer, but Jeff Bezos is already out of the question ...

But again, this Dickensian shopkeeper will not understand jobs as an airline pilot, programmer, driver (of any vehicle that is not driven by horses), etc.

So, as the old motto goes, we improvise, adapt and overcome changes in the labor market for at least several millennia.

Definitely janitors, construction, stock analysts, doctors / nurses, and politicians.

I'd like to be biased and say computer scientists, but we tend to automate things to make our work easier, so it's hard to say where the tech sector will go.

A2A'd: Plumbers.

About 35-40% of current jobs in all industries on the market right now, but there will be a 65% increase in NEW (so far, undeveloped) jobs on the market at the same time, all of which will require a new training. personnel to make and operate new equipment and processes.

This is DEJAVU for 1980-2020; when computers were introduced to the market and companies bought more computers to eliminate a lot of administrative staff (expensive stuff!) with the intention of saving $$$$ and having a positive impact on the bottom line.

Well guess what? Successfully reduced staff count

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About 35-40% of current jobs in all industries on the market right now, but there will be a 65% increase in NEW (so far, undeveloped) jobs on the market at the same time, all of which will require a new training. personnel to make and operate new equipment and processes.

This is DEJAVU for 1980-2020; when computers were introduced to the market and companies bought more computers to eliminate a lot of administrative staff (expensive stuff!) with the intention of saving $$$$ and having a positive impact on the bottom line.

Well guess what? They successfully reduced the number of office workers who were paid less $$$$ for filing sheets of paper in drawers and filing cabinets and added a TON of highly skilled IT technicians, cable managers, IT managers and IT managers, which increased the costs of your company. by 4X but making the job 3X faster and more responsive to the customer, so today when you make a purchase in the market, you almost immediately see the corresponding transaction in your bank account followed by a receipt in your email box, allowing you to make a correction quickly, if necessary. In the past it would have taken weeks

The same will happen in the next 3-15 years, where jobs that are repetitive, non-critical, non-productive will be replaced by new and improved jobs and teams with robots, AI, application platforms, etc. to do work that can be done by a machine to eliminate those costly and annoying employees. But guess that? A machine cannot think; they just react to programming and break! When that happens, guess what? It will take a human technician to repair them, as they cost so much $$$$ to produce that junkyard robots will become a word of the past. DIRECTOR / HR CONSULTANT

Planes, trains and automobiles

The most common job for adult men in the United States, driving a car or truck, will become obsolete within the decade. Self-driving cars promise greater safety and more economical results, while enabling a complete revolution in civic car infrastructure. That force is unstoppable.

This will also affect delivery and courier services, which can use any number of automated means, including aerial drones, to complete the last mile of service.

Cashier

Meanwhile, everything related to receiving orders or paying money will also disappear within the decade. The cashier is a

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Planes, trains and automobiles

The most common job for adult men in the United States, driving a car or truck, will become obsolete within the decade. Self-driving cars promise greater safety and more economical results, while enabling a complete revolution in civic car infrastructure. That force is unstoppable.

This will also affect delivery and courier services, which can use any number of automated means, including aerial drones, to complete the last mile of service.

Cashier

Meanwhile, everything related to receiving orders or paying money will also disappear within the decade. The teller is a holdover from the days of physical money and physical trust. Today, a smartphone or touchscreen kiosk can do all the work of transferring money to a business, as well as taking orders to the kitchen or updating an inventory control system.

Computer kiosks require no paid overtime, no sick reports, and no smoking breaks.

Retail sale

Speaking of retail, all those jobs are about to disappear too. Amazon continues to put downward pressure on retail prices for everything from electronics to groceries. Supermarkets and pharmacies will slowly transform into huge vending machines. Automated pickup will allow you to buy everything from potato chips to emergency contraception 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Automation will allow stores to make more money 24 hours a day while saving huge labor costs.

McJobs

Robots are also coming to the kitchen. Surely not in every kitchen, but if you think McDonald's, Wendy's, or Burger King are going to have human staff for much longer, you will be disappointed. Fast food restaurants will also follow the path of huge vending machines, as robotic processes assemble food with greater consistency, greater safety, and lower cost than their human counterparts.

This trend will also affect any place where feeding people is a requirement of a broader goal, including hospitals, schools, and corporate cafeterias.

Construction

A little further, certain construction jobs will also give way to automation. The variety of skills required to erect a building introduces complexity in planning and coordinating work. As more specialized tasks like masonry give way to automation, construction projects will see lower costs and faster results.

Education

Perhaps most surprising and controversial is that the role of the school teacher will be dramatically transformed at the end of three decades. Students will continue to need guidance and support, but automation promises to bring greater coherence and quality to education.

The best of the domain experts and instructional techniques can be packaged and delivered at a much lower cost than teacher training and deployment. Students with a variety of learning styles may find ways to make educational progress, as a teacher-student mismatch will no longer mean a year of lost progress.

Unfortunately, education could easily find itself in a position of both lower costs and lower results, depending on the priorities and political climate of local governments. The results of these priorities may force parents to consider an unprecedented level of homeschooling, with unpredictable social impacts.

The office

The office first emerged as a means of planning, coordinating, documenting and analyzing the work of the industry. Many office tasks have already given way to automated processes or made existing tasks so much easier as to limit the number of people needed to complete work. This trend will continue as the most common office tasks are systematized and integrated into automated processes.

And that's just what you see from here

This list is not exhaustive, but it is a good sample of what is to come. It's likely just the tip of the iceberg, as automation technology recombines to solve problems we don't imagine machines can tackle today.

As machines get eaten more and more on the economic ladder, you may want to brush up on the guaranteed minimum income:

Why should we give everyone free money

CourseCompare contacted Dr. Annie Pan at the Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, who is closely monitoring labor market trends. The digitization of, well, almost everything, coupled with a rapidly aging population and a declining native birth rate (in North America at least), gives us solid clues as to where the future of work is heading. This is what we learned:

# 1: IT specialists and technical support

IT support specialists provide advice and help to anyone who uses a computer in a business or organization. With more employees working from home, most of the time

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CourseCompare contacted Dr. Annie Pan at the Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, who is closely monitoring labor market trends. The digitization of, well, almost everything, coupled with a rapidly aging population and a declining native birth rate (in North America at least), gives us solid clues as to where the future of work is heading. This is what we learned:

# 1: IT specialists and technical support

IT support specialists provide advice and help to anyone who uses a computer in a business or organization. With more employees working from home, most often on their own computers, in this pandemic IT specialists are in more demand than ever, and this trend will certainly continue for years to come.

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No. 2: Administrative assistants

Administrative assistants are the staff to turn to when managers need help organizing staff and their workload. And just like IT specialists, they are now more in demand than ever as a result of the digitization of work. We expect that more and more of these tasks will be automated over time, but they will continue to represent a significant growth opportunity, even as technology changes the nature of the role.

No. 3: Cyber ​​Security Specialists

Cyber ​​security specialists protect information on computer networks, cloud servers, mobile devices, and payment software. They analyze and predict where the risks lie and, more importantly, develop strategies to prevent data breaches. UofT's Dr. Annie (Yazhuo) Pan at the Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources expects job growth to pick up as the trend to work from home continues even after the pandemic. The average annual salary for cybersecurity specialists in Canada is $ 87,728.

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No. 4: Web Developers

The move by consumers toward online shopping may have been driven by the pandemic, but it won't stop after the pandemic is over, Pan predicts. As a result, businesses need web developers to create user-friendly websites and other. digital products that enable consumers and organizations of all kinds to transact online. The median annual salary for a web developer in Canada is $ 67,432.

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No. 5: Mobile App Developers

Again, this is associated with the trend for online sales. After all, someone has to create software applications that run on a mobile device for consumers on the go who have turned to online shopping due to the pandemic and will continue to do so after the pandemic because of their convenience. The average salary for mobile app developers in Canada is $ 77,632 per year.

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No. 6: Big Data Scientists and Data Analysts

In an era of online sales and search activities, data scientists are transforming the retail, telecommunications, agricultural, and trucking industries, to name a few. They enable organizations to collect and analyze massive data sets, which can be used to improve everything from manufacturing efficiency to sales and retention. The average annual salary for data analysts and data scientists ranges from $ 71,613 to $ 82,713.

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No. 7: Digital Marketing Specialists

It makes sense that what follows the shift to online shopping is a sea change in the way companies market to people. Therefore, companies will need digital marketing experts if they are to be able to identify and target a market, create a brand image, and execute a measurable marketing strategy on an ever-expanding menu of digital platforms and technologies.

Digital marketers will need to balance creativity and analytical thinking as they develop digital strategies designed to get the audience into action - on social media, search engines, email, live chat, Google Ads and more. The average salary for a digital marketer in Canada is $ 51,774.

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No. 8: Logistics / Transportation Managers

The trend for online shopping was great before the pandemic. Now it is huge. And someone must make sure that customers receive their orders. Logistics / transportation managers do this by coordinating all transportation issues within an organization. With the trend to online shopping showing no signs of abating, this will remain a job in demand for the foreseeable future. The average annual salary for a logistics / transportation manager is $ 65,495 to $ 105,187.

No. 9: Early Childhood Workers

Fathers, especially mothers, have had to leave the workforce in droves because they couldn't afford or access childcare during the pandemic. As a result, the Canadian government is investing $ 30 billion in early childhood education over the next five years to provide parents with affordable, accessible, and quality daycare. That is sure to create a boom in jobs for early childhood educators that will continue to grow as the population grows. "It's the only way they (the government) can help mothers and fathers to return to the labor market and pay taxes," says Pan.

The average annual salary for an ECE (early childhood educator) is $ 49,517.

No. 10: Senior Healthcare Support Workers

While not necessarily related to the pandemic, Canada's aging population has created a demand for staff to care for the elderly. That demand is not going to change. In fact, the job vacancy rate for healthcare workers, overall, increased to 4.7 percent in the last quarter of 2020, according to Statistics Canada. "That is one of the highest rates among all the (labor) sectors." And the federal agency hopes the continued need for healthcare workers will continue. The average annual salary for healthcare support workers across Canada is $ 47,183.

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This is not exhaustive. CourseCompare anticipates an increase in demand for “green jobs”, for example, especially as the governments of the United States and Canada make historic investments in green energy. Expect everything from "wind turbine technicians," "sustainability directors," and LEED-certified design professionals, for example, to become more commonplace.

* This answer is adapted from our story: Top 10 Most Wanted Jobs in Canada.

Here is a collection of ideas that I posted on Twitter to address the question above and explain why and how people will continue to work, not for pay, but for social and intrinsic reasons.

A whopping 45% of adults own $ 0 in savings / stocks, as automation relentlessly deflates the value of human labor. Only those with money to invest in stocks benefit from automation and productivity gains, doubling their wealth every 8 years while others earn $ 0 in wealth, struggling daily to survive. What will prepare us for the day when robots can do all the work?

Phasing out the universal basic income (RBU = National Sa

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Here is a collection of ideas that I posted on Twitter to address the question above and explain why and how people will continue to work, not for pay, but for social and intrinsic reasons.

A whopping 45% of adults own $ 0 in savings / stocks, as automation relentlessly deflates the value of human labor. Only those with money to invest in stocks benefit from automation and productivity gains, doubling their wealth every 8 years while others earn $ 0 in wealth, struggling daily to survive. What will prepare us for the day when robots can do all the work?

Phasing out universal basic income (UBI = national sales tax on non-basics / number of people) within 70 years after using UBI to issue $ 25 / month to individual trust funds invested in growing stocks with increasing use of automation to accumulate $ 16 million. / person at the age of 67 ($ 770K in today's dollars) to provide guaranteed income of $ 33K / year (withdrawing 4% maximum / year) and for all those who inherit the assets passed from generation to generation.

Let's hope that technological advancements reach a tipping point where all goods and services become increasingly cheaper and cheaper. Once we are there, we can all find things that we can and love to do without having to worry about how we are paid to do it (e.g. raising children, caring for loved ones, aspirations). I say the sooner we let robots do all the work to emancipate humans from having to work simply to survive, the better.

Imagine that you can work in any job / trade you want regardless of your ability or if you get paid to do it. Yes, there will be many things that people can do (for intrinsic and social reasons) even if they do not do it to make money.

There are limits depending on the risk factors, but there should be no reason why one cannot practice an infinite number of tasks / jobs / crafts that give them the most inspiration. In addition, robots and performance technology will be available to provide just-in-time assistance, guidance and protection in real time to enable less-skilled individuals to perform as experts.

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