Recently there’s been a bit of a buzz about artificial intelligence. Apple just introduced us to a newer, cleverer version of Siri. And a London company, Deep Mind, just beat the world champion at the game Go using AI.
Neither of these developments was supposed to happen for a long time. Yet here we are in 2016 and both these developments are already here.
This has big implications for the job market. Machines, it seems are getting really, really good at cognitive tasks. And now institutions like the Bank of England are suggesting that up to 30 percent of jobs could be replaced by artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence is expected to have the biggest impact in sectors like finance, law, and medicine. These industries are dominated by processing lots of data. Jobs will leave these sectors en masse in the coming years.
But machines aren’t going to be able to do all jobs. Humans will still do things that require a deft touch or interpersonal interactions.
Given the rise of AI, you’d be a fool not to consider the following hands-on careers.
1. HVAC Technician
Robots aren’t all that great right now. In fact, robots can barely walk, let alone service machinery. That’s why becoming an HVAC technician is such a good career choice right now. It requires a bunch of distinctly human skills, like a deft touch. And it requires operations that simply can’t be replicated by machines – at least for now. Plus, the work is varied and well-paid.
2. Elder Care Worker
Care working has traditionally been at the low end of the employment spectrum. But going forward, that’s likely to change. Care work actually uses the full range of human capacities. Carer-givers have to manage tough social interactions. They have to know how to offer assistance. And they have to understand the instructions they are given. Machines might be able to do each of these individually. But they can’t do them all by themselves.
Like HVAC work, plumbing is a hands-on job that’s well paid. And as before, it requires the use of dextrous hands. And it comes with all sorts of other benefits too. For starters, you’re not stuck in an office, which is the current ideal. And secondly, you often get to choose your own hours and work to your own schedule.
4. Education Support Worker
One of the safest industries right now seems to be Education. Yes, the education system itself isn’t exactly at the cutting edge of technology. But education is something that is going to become more and more important in the future. We see this growing importance today.
As jobs require greater skill, more people are flooding the education system. To be productive in the workforce, students often have no choice but to spend upwards of 15 years training. For anybody looking for a career in education, this is great news.
There’s going to be demand for teaching support for the foreseeable future. It’s people who are best able to communicate topics and facilitate learning right now, not robots.