Artificial Intelligence is no longer the stuff of fantasy and Hollywood movies. Advances in the technology have been made at break-neck speed and AI-powered devices are now commonplace in both business and society. In this new, age of AI, the roles performed by humans will adapt accordingly, with some jobs rising to the fore more than others.
The doom-mongers and naysayers claim that this technology will render the human workforce null and void. However, it is much more likely that the intervention of humans will simply adapt to work in tandem with these advancements in technology.
Here are ten such roles that will thrive in the age of AI:
1) STEM educators
What is the origin of these incredible advancements in technology, including AI and machine learning? Human curiosity and ingenuity. And it manifests in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This increasingly vital branch of human learning will continue to gather momentum and will require educators, research assistants, developers and any other number of roles to facilitate its growth.
2) IT analysts
A simple question: as all of this technology continues to infiltrate modern life, who will be responsible for overseeing its implementation, integration, automation, maintenance, development, and suitability for the role at hand? The answer is simple.
3) Robotics engineers
A robotics engineer is a behind-the-scenes designer, who is responsible for creating robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable or prefer not to complete.
4) Machine learning engineer
This type of job involves designing and developing learning systems, running tests and experiments and implementing various algorithms. It’s a job that will offer many opportunities in the future and it will allow people to work on and develop amazing new ways to use AI and machine learning.
5) Analytics job roles
These jobs will be super useful in the future, maybe even more so than they are now. The AI will gather huge amounts of data and there will be a need for expert analysts to manage and analyse that data.
As technology performs the high-volume productive roles, who will manage proceedings? Who will be responsible when something goes wrong, or there is a dispute which sits outside the realms of logical and scientific reasoning? Who will manage the machines? Another machine? And who will manage that machine?
“The fact is that as AI becomes more prevalent in the world of work, it will simply push more and more people into positions of management where this technology can be implemented and overseen to complete the task at hand. There will be low-level roles that are replaced in some cases, but hopefully, that will simply push people into roles that are safer, more satisfying, and better-remunerated,” says Carolyn Ponting, a tech blogger at Paper Fellows and OXEssays.
7) IoT Engineer
Finally, IoT Engineer will be a necessary position as a way to manage information and analyse data, manage it and make it all meaningful and useful for interested parties.
Many assume that teacher will be one of the first roles to disappear with the advancement of AI technology, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. After all, how do advancements in technology actually happen without continued learning, and therefore teaching?
Technology is already greatly assisting teachers in the performance of their tasks, and this is a good thing that will not change. However, as educators, humans cannot be replaced because, at least for the foreseeable future, we are the only ones capable of combining knowledge and human intelligence in order to deliver learning outcomes which truly inspire students to learn. It is the very nature of human curiosity that this path will continue.
9) Medical professionals
As long as there are people, people will get ill. Technology is already assisting us in incredible ways, and AI is taking us to greater heights in areas such as operational procedures and prosthetics. However, for as long as there are people, there will also be the requirement for other people to interpret the symptoms and emotions of illness which transcends the ability to make calculated medical diagnoses. And the care of humans cannot solely be left to robots either, for again the emotional intelligence will be missing to truly assess what our needs are.
10) Environmental workers
It is already the great crises of the twenty-first century. Global warming, the pollution of our seas, and so on. Technology should and will greatly assist us in our fight to curb the destruction of our own planet, and indeed as many jobs do become replaced by technology, that will leave more of us free to pursue roles that focus solely on the protection of our planet.
“In our children’s schools this is already being taught as the number one challenge facing humankind, and it is undoubtedly that many of the next generations will seek roles which contribute to environmental protection and the fight against unhealthy practises. This is another area in which science and technology will assist, not work against us,” argues Peter Strang, an AI writer at Academized and AustralianHelp.
We have already seen many cases of moral and legal murkiness when it comes to technology and AI. As development continues at pace, it is only likely that more people will feel that boundaries are being crossed, and that is where lawyers come in.
It is also highly unlikely that crime will cease, and although AI will greatly assist in the copious amounts of research required to perform the role of a criminal attorney, the arguments and interpretations made will inevitably be human, and this will continue the need for this highly-skilled position.
12) Social Services Positions
People will continue to require support for a plethora of reasons. As long as there are people there will be social problems, and although robots and AI will be able to assist in the carrying out of social service tasks, the human interventional aspect of proceedings can never be replaced. After all, who better to understand the irrational workings of the human mind than humans themselves?
Many countries are already seeing tremendous growth in this section as their population’s age and wealth disparity becomes ever greater. For as losing as most of the world embraces a capitalist mentality, that will not change, and people will forever need caring for.
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Artificial intelligence is exactly that, artificial. To understand the computing of the human brain, along with the illogical aspects which form the basis of our emotional intelligence, who better to interpret that humans themselves.
Psychiatry and therapy have become the fastest growing branch of healthcare in the latter part of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century as we increase our desire to understand the inner workings of the human mind, as well as the struggle to adapt and cope with the evolving pressures of modern life. But there has been a sea change too in that, where therapy was once derided, it is not rightly embraced as an integral part of living a healthy and productive life. This will not change, but will only continue to increase in importance, and as society becomes ever more populated with machines, the need for human interaction and human understanding will likely grow.
AI is not a threat to the role of man (and woman) in society, but will simply facilitate the ability to do more, understand more, and potentially work less. There will be jobs that have not yet been invented that our children will perform, but along with those will be these crucial positions listed above which will complement and in some cases resist the rise of AI because, after all, we are all human.