Robots are coming for our jobs. Possibly all of them, eventually. Still, some jobs are going to go first and if you’re in one of those you’re going to need to start retooling your skillset.
Because if you don’t, then you’ll end up with a lot of angry low-skilled people who realized too late that there are no more jobs for them in the modern world.
To that end, here are some of the jobs that we’ll see disappearing first.
1) Truck Drivers
The weakest link in almost all of our vehicles is the people behind the wheel. They make a bad decision, they get tired and then there are all those hormones rushing their veins. For that reason, the first job we’ll see go is long-distance driving – particularly trucks.
These will be able to drive without needing to take rest breaks, won’t try to pass just because some other truck is driving two miles too slow (thereby causing traffic jams for hours to come) and won’t get distracted by that funny talk show on the radio. It’s not just me saying this either. Other people have been predicting it for a while.
Of course, everything else will go soon after. For example, public transport will be automated soon after.
2) Legal Support Staff
Computers are much better at searching than we are. For that reason, we will see jobs people search for legal information going the way of the dodo soon enough.
In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised if legal teams will shrink significantly in the years to come, as computers take over everything from writing a dissertation for you to creating the basic legal briefs that lawyers can then work from.
3) Report Writers and Journalists
A lot of basic professional writing jobs are going to go as well because though literature is unique, most reports most certainly aren’t. There is a lot of basic writing on the internet that is going to start disappearing.
Here you can think of sports results and basic write-ups of content. These are a great deal easier than actual high-quality stories. In fact, they’re rather formulaic with key phrases and numbers inserted into what in many other ways is simply the same text over and over again.
And whenever that is the case, you can be absolutely sure that computers aren’t very far away at all to taking over. They’ll be able to do different reports, dissertation writings or researches faster than people usually do it.
Of course, you’ll still need help from professional service afterward – at least initially. But that too will change soon enough. In other words, if you’re an editor, the tools to ease your life are getting better by the day.
Most people would prefer to interact with human doctors to robot ones. Most people are idiots. Sorry, but it’s true. Sure, a human doctor might be able to show you more empathy, but that’s about the end of it.
And you know what computers and robots will be able to do way better? Diagnose whatever illness they have. This is because computers are far better at tracking a huge number of variables to work out what illness you’ve got that people are.
What’s more, while doctors won’t know every illness that is out there (how could they, there are simply too many) computers can be updated on a daily basis with whatever new discoveries have been made.
That means that you’ll have a far higher chance of them figuring out whatever your illness is – even if it’s incredibly rare.
So yeah, they might not have the best bedside manners, but as you’ll have a much better chance of actually walking away from that bed in one piece and healthy, I’m pretty sure most people are more than willing to take that in stride.
Another area where we’ll see computers taking over quickly is accounting. After all, accounting is the application of formulas to numbers.
How could you ever expect people to remain better at that for long?
All it really is teaching computer programs the intricacies of the tax codes, for example, as well as how to navigate it and you’ve got a piece of software that can do an accountant’s job at only a fraction of the cost. In fact, that’s already happening.
That’s great news, particularly for people who can’t afford regular accountants, as this will make filling in their tax returns and things like that far easier to accomplish. So though this is bad news for the accountants, it’s very positive indeed for the rest of us.
The funny thing is that we’ll probably lose a lot more jobs very quickly to computers and robots – jobs that you might not even consider at this moment in time but which are going to start disappearing lickety-split anyways.
Soon you’ll see robots in all kinds of places. For example, we’ll see robot chefs who always prepare it exactly the same way so that quality does not vary.
We’ll see robots in supermarkets, where they’ll be able to stock shelves without complaint 24 hours a day.
Robots are going to destroy a lot of jobs. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. After all, technology has been destroying jobs since the industrial revolution. But it’s also created thousands more.
All you need to do is make sure you have the skills to corner them and instead of seeing yourself unemployed you’ll be able to embrace entirely new opportunities. All you’ve got to do is keep your ear to the ground.