1. Research artificial intelligence and the latest advances
There’s been a lot of trumpeting in the media and press lately about artificial intelligence and automation, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that we were currently in the grip of a full-blown job crisis, with AI snatching jobs left, right and centre.
The truth is, we’re not at the point of mass layoffs just yet. Although, there’s certainly the potential for this to happen in the future. The technology behind AI is constantly evolving and getting better and as the months pass, AI training models are getting much more sophisticated as a result.
It makes sense then to keep track of how artificial intelligence is developing and specifically, how it is affecting your industry by doing some research from time to time. Has AI developed particular skills or abilities that are crucial to your own job? Are leading companies in your industry beginning to adopt AI in their processes and businesses? If so, how? Asking these questions periodically is a great way to stay informed about how safe your own job is and whether or not you should be taking steps to protect your position.
2. Check whether your job is at risk
We would be sugar-coating the truth if we told you that every single job was safe from the influence of AI. Scientists and researchers are predicting that most types of roles will probably be affected by the rise of artificial intelligence in some way.
There’s a difference between most jobs being affected and most jobs being replaced though.
Apart from the sheer amount of jobs that it threatens to make obsolete, one of the reasons that artificial intelligence is being spoken about so much is the fact that it’s a phenomenon that mainly affects white-collar workers.
Historically, working class, blue-collar jobs are the ones that have always been displaced by new technology. Think factory workers, secretaries and typists, textile workers, miners etc. These days however, it looks like white-collar jobs – predominantly office based – are about to bear the brunt of artificial intelligence.
It’s obvious that AI will completely displace some jobs. According to Tech.co, 10 of the most at-risk jobs could include roles like:
- Entry-level Administrators
- Data Entry Clerks
- Software Engineers and Coders
- Customer Service Reps
- Copywriters and Content Roles (gulp, that includes the people writing this article)
- Graphic Designers
- Bankers and Accountants
- Fact-Checkers and Proofreaders
All evidence to date seems to point to the fact that artificial intelligence isn’t likely to take every single job. In fact, there’s debate online between which roles are likely to be superceded, with commentators often taking opposite points of view. That’s because, truth be told, artificial intelligence will never be a replacement for the creativity, (positive) unpredictability and warmth of a human touch in a role.
3. If you can’t beat them, join them…
Many scientists, researchers and commentators are saying that fears about the widespread job losses and redundancies on a scale never before seen in the modern era are overblown.
They usually cite the fact that those working in roles replaced by artificial intelligence will simply transition to new roles that are created by the same technology.
If these predictions hold true, developing a new career in one of these fields could be a way that you keep ahead of artificial intelligence and maintain a job that can pay the bills.
A report in PC Magazine predicts some possible roles that could be created by the growth of AI. The article says these could be roles like:
- Prompt Engineer
- AI Trainer
- AI Auditor
- AI Ethics Advisor
- AI Managers
Here’s a slight disclaimer though. As you can see, these are very specialist jobs.
The unfortunate truth is that it’s highly likely the number of jobs that artificial intelligence makes obsolete will not be balanced by the new jobs that are created by it: just because there’s a finite number of new, specialist roles that can be created to service an AI industry. What’s more, the new jobs that are created, and the skills that will be required for them, are likely to be incredibly specialised and tech–focused, which puts them out of the range of the skillset of the average office administrator, for instance.