If you’re about to enroll in a new degree program or make a career change, it’s crucial that you devote some time to understanding the ways technology is influencing the current job market.
Robots, artificial intelligence, and software-enabled automation should be of particular interest as you perform your job market research.
It would be a gigantic waste of your time and resources to acquire training for a career that is expected to decline because robots can now do those jobs better than human beings can.
We have already had already posted some great information about which jobs will probably be lost to robots soon. Now let’s take a look at 5 jobs that robots can’t yet replace.
1) Early Childhood Educator
Automation may threaten many teachers’ jobs in the future — particularly the jobs of college professors. We’re already seeing a proliferation of online degree programs were created; these offer students pre-recorded video lessons delivered online instead of face-to-face classroom instruction.
This technology allows teachers to instruct larger class groups more efficiently than ever before.
However, this type of technology is most effective for teaching self-directed adults who are capable of holding themselves accountable for completing the coursework.
At this point in time, it would be ridiculous to think that this kind of internet-based instruction could be effective for teaching toddlers. It’s also far fetched to think that toddlers would respond well to receiving instruction from robots.
Living, empathetic and intelligent human beings are currently needed to teach our preschoolers the important life lessons they need to know.
In the United States, government experts at the Department of Labor are forecasting a need for employers to hire 10 percent more preschool teachers by 2026 than the numbers that were employed in the country in the prior decade.
Clearly, they don’t expect to see robots doing these jobs any time soon. Neither does Fabian Beiner at the Replaced by Robot website, who estimates the chances that preschool teachers will be replaced by robots at 0 percent.
The Australian government is also anticipating that growing numbers of early childhood educators will be needed in their country in the future, as evidenced by the fact that the Australian Department of Education and Training is willing to subsidize student coursework in this field.
Government-funded courses are only available in specializations that government officials believe represent their country’s top priorities and also align well with the country’s market demands and industry needs.
Experts are forecasting a dramatic increase of about 36,000 new job openings for early childhood teachers in Australia by the year 2022.
2) Substance Abuse Counselor
There are several reasons that robots will not make acceptable substitutes for human substance abuse counselors. Alcoholics and drug addicts expect to be held accountable for their actions as they seek to transform their lives through rehabilitation.
They understand that their willpower alone is not sufficient for them to succeed with rehab; they need outside help. They’re actively searching for rehab programs that will provide reliable, face-to-face accountability. Human substance abuse counselors can meet this expectation.
At this stage of AI’s technological capabilities, robots are not able to handle the necessary tasks. The job also requires emotional intelligence in listening and responding to patients’ questions and concerns about the rehab process.
Some people believe robots will never be well suited to handle the tasks performed by substance abuse counselors; Fabian at the Replaced by Robot website has estimated the likelihood that of residential substance abuse counselors being replaced by robots at 0 percent.
3) Elderly Caregiver
Studying demographic trends in the USA, Australia, the UK, Italy, Greece, Finland and the rest of the world leads us to the conclusion that much of the global population is aging.
An aging population results in a rising demand for empathetic workers who can provide care to the elderly in a variety of ways: in nursing home facilities, in hospice care centers, and in individual patients’ homes.
Providing suitable care to the elderly requires emotional intelligence and physical dexterity that robots simply have not yet acquired. This is a vocation that career experts in both the US and Australian governments expect to see expanding.
In the USA, they’re forecasting a spectacular 41 percent increase in job opportunities for home health aides by the year 2026. That amounts to around 1,208,800 new jobs that will be added to the US economy. In Australia, government career experts are forecasting that there will be 64,000 jobs available for new nursing support and personal care workers by the year 2022.
4) Human Resources Manager
Success as a human resources manager requires the ability to form personal relationships, to resolve conflicts diplomatically and to handle difficult situations empathetically. This is a skill set that is completely foreign to robots as of right now.
This is another career path with favorable future job prospects in both the USA and Australia. In the United States, labor force experts are expecting to see 12,300 new HR management jobs added to the US economy by the year 2026. In Australia, the forecast is for 39,000 HR management job openings by the year 2022.
5) Clinical Psychologist
Clinical psychologists interview their patients or observe how they interact with others. They are trained in the art of digging beneath the surface to diagnose and treat any behavioral or emotional disorders they uncover in the process.
They counsel their patients in individual or group therapy sessions. It is possible that robots might be able to help psychologists speed up the disorder diagnosing process, but the vast majority of tasks performed by psychologists require emotional acumen that robots do not yet possess.
Clinical psychology is a career path offering a favorable future outlook in both the USA and Australia. In the United States, Department of Labor analysts expects to see 21,000 new jobs for clinical, school and counseling psychologists by the year 2026.
In Australia, government analysts expect that there will be 24,000 new job openings for psychologists by the year 2022.
One thing is certain: Employees in all fields of specialization will need to keep their skills up-to-date to stay competitive in the workplace of the future.
However, given the current situation with the proliferation of automation technologies, some skills will be much more valuable than others.
If you want to remain employable in the future, it will be necessary to find ways you can show employers that you possess skills and emotional intelligence that robots do not. With that in mind, it could be worthwhile to consider developing the skills necessary to do the jobs included on this list.