As AI continues to ease its way into our professional lives, it's only natural to feel threatened that some machine will be taking over your job. If you work in any of these office 10 jobs, you’re safe.
AI is on the rise, with the McKinsey Global Institute estimating that 70% of companies will adopt at least one form of AI by 2030. From fast food chains to the factory floor, AI is easing its way into our lives.
Sure, robots will likely take over some jobs, even in your office, most likely.
But worry not. These 10 office jobs are safe.
10. HR manager
There’s a reason the Human Resources department is called that – it’s all about the humans. While programs are being developed to assess and ‘understand’ human emotion, they’re still light years away from being able to mediate a lunchtime dispute.
9. Education administrator
While teachers are generally safe from the threat of automation, one has to wonder if the same applies to the administrative staff responsible for school affairs. The answer is no, these jobs are not at risk. Parents want to deal with emotionally intelligent staff when handling affairs relating to their children, so a robot is a no-go.
8. Computer systems analyst
A computer system is smart, but the person running it needs to be smarter. Systems analysts help examine systems and devise creative solutions to solve their issues, and while AI can help assist in this job, it can’t handle it on its own.
7. Sales Manager
Sales is a very delicate science, dealing more with understanding human nature and behavior than with simply the product itself. Again, AI can help a Sales Manager streamline his/her sales process, but it can’t do their job of understanding the nuance involved with dealing with customer demands and desires.
6. Marketing Manager
Another managerial position very similar in nature to that of a Sales Manager, the best Marketing Managers are pseudo-psychologists, understanding and monetizing human nature and behavior.
A highly skilled job where experience plays a big role, architects will not be replaced by robots anytime soon.
4. Public Relations Manager
Another ‘human science’ job, so to speak. PR departments can make or break a business. It is seriously laughable to expect a program to manage a company’s PR department.
It is generally agreed upon by AI scholars that most creative jobs, of the writing or non-writing kind, are safe from automation. Copywriters are no different. Netting their companies up to millions of dollars in revenue through the mere tap of their fingers on a keyboard, the copywriter position is too skilled and creativity-focused to ever be automated. Human-authored jingles are here to stay.
2. Graphic Designer
Graphic Designers go hand in hand with Copywriters, fitting under the same creative umbrella. From understanding the psychology behind colors and shapes in relation to the consumer, to coming up with effective promotional material, Graphic Designers are highly artistic individuals.
1. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The heart and soul of any significant corporation, the CEO makes the decisions that shape the lives of dozens to hundreds of thousands of employees. From business strategy, trade deals, and more, the CEO is here to stay.
The AI hype is still mostly hype
Sensationalist media reports like to exaggerate the imminent domination of AI, where most of us will be replaced by smart, walking and talking machines.
In truth, only a single occupation has been completely eliminated through automation in the 60 years between 1957 and 2017: the job of the elevator operator.
Fast-forward 30 or so years, and it still won’t be the Terminator takeover you’re imagining in your head.
Robots are smart, yes, and will only get smarter, but they are decades - possibly centuries - away from becoming sentient and replacing us.
As Tech Crunch explains, “the most extreme promises of full AI are based on a flawed premise: that we understand human intelligence and consciousness.”
Obviously, that is nowhere near the truth.
Furthermore, the fear of losing a large number of jobs is not necessarily accurate either.
According to Stanford University’s ‘Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030’ report, “AI will likely replace tasks rather than jobs in the near term, and will also create new kinds of jobs.”
Sure, manual and routine-based jobs will eventually be phased out by automation, but the advent of machines will mean that more jobs are created as a result.
A 2018 McKinsey Global Institute report states that “AI has the potential to deliver additional global economic activity of around $13 trillion by 2030, or about 16% higher cumulative GDP compared with today. This amounts to 1.2% additional GDP growth per year.”