For years, the tech industry giants of Google, IBM, Microsoft and others have been predicting the sweeping changes that artificial intelligence (AI), combined with robotics will bring to the future global economy and workforce.
According to a study by research firm Gartner, an estimated 1.8 million jobs may be lost by 2020, but as we know, for every negative action there is a positive reaction and an estimated 2.3 million jobs may be created.
Which side of the AI chasm will your job be on? How do you future-proof your career to ensure you are on the job-creation side?
What Industries Will be Most Affected by AI?
Industries at risk have the common factor of predictable tasks and rules that machine-learning algorithms will replicate. Manufacturing, finance, retail, driving, accounting and any customer-facing positions are all at risk.
Jobs of the future will be found in the industries of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), creativity and emotional intelligence. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, recently stated to Forbes,
“The key traits to the future of work will be things that AI cannot mimic.
Creativity. Empathy. Compassion.”
Growth Careers for an AI World.
With the growth of AI, there will be an increased need for engineers, technicians and managers to design and manage the new mechanical labor workforce.
Additionally, AI will not replace emotional intelligence (EQ). Human interaction, empathy and communication are all unique skills there will be a need for. Doctors, nurses, teachers, trainers and coaches all have to interpret interaction, environment and intelligence to help their patients, students and customers.
Embrace AI and Future-Proof Your Career.
Every profession and industry will be touched by AI.
Think of how the creative industries have changed in the last decade. In the creative world, the digitalization of movies, music and books created the disruptive opportunity for new distribution models.
Even though the creative industry was disrupted, the outcome was creators and consumers now have immediate access to each other, more freedom to create and more choices to consume.
To future-proof your career, start thinking about the repetitive tasks that you perform in your current role. How can these be automated? When they are automated, what added value can you deliver…in a different, high-level capacity?
Where Does AI Leave Today’s Workforce?
With AI, we don’t have a clear picture of what 5-10 years looks like, but it’s certain the human mind will still create, empathize and interact.
Now is the time to develop and hone your “soft skills,” meaning how you interact effectively with others. Your ability to communicate, listen and understand others is critical, because in the short-term, AI can’t replicate your soft skills.
At ASK Staffing, we prepare our candidates for new challenges like AI and robotics. Contact an ASK Staffing placement specialist on careers in robotics or artificial intelligence. At ASK Staffing, we place engineers, developers and information technology managers into challenging roles that grow their careers. Contact us today!