- April 6, 2015
You know how software, computers & robots have started to completely replace cashiers, bricklayers, telemarketers, anyone in retail, warehouse pickers and so on.
Well just so you know this change to automation isn’t going to slow down, in fact it’s estimated 47 percent of total US employment is in the high-risk category, meaning that associated occupations are potentially automatable over some unspecified number of years, perhaps a decade or two. [source] – of course similar will be true in the UK.So you better pick a career that isn’t going to be obsolete in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years those skills you’ve worked your whole life for will most likely be pointless.
Instead, we urge you to consider alternative careers looking forward to the future, a career you love but also alongside this learn the basics of things like computer programming, this may give you a large advantage over others in your field and may help your current and future career prospects but most of all may help to keep you non-replaceable in 5-30 years time.
In our opinion the next set of jobs to be replaced (if not already) will be the likes of anyone that drives a vehicle, fast food/drink workers, Cashiers, Travel Agents, Telephone operators, Waiters, Pharmacists, Soldiers, Sportswriters, builders, miners, workers in energy production & taxi drivers.
The problem is that’s it’s not just the lower paid / lower skill jobs that are at risk, and even though the job might still exist the actual work will allow for lower skills which equals lower pay
Think about these middle skilled jobs:
However, if you can become the person that manages the machine you become more valuable, it’s just the other 10 people that can be replaced by it that need to worry!
Angus Knowles-Cutler, London senior partner at Deloitte, said:
“Technological advances are likely to cause a major shift in the UK labour market in the coming decades. Unless these changes are fully understood and anticipated, there will be a risk of avoidable unemployment and under-employment.
“A widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is also a risk as lower skill jobs continue to disappear.”
Any job that is repetitive or is part of a routine will often be under threat by a replacement robot as they can work 24/7, 365 days a year with no holiday pay, no maternity leave, no monthly costs (other than maintenance), no tax, no national insurance, no pension etc.
Thankfully lots of jobs will either be too complex or require a different skill set to those offered by technology so jobs such as nursing, entertainers, motivational speakers, entrepreneurs etc should stay safe along with the more obvious scientific, law and computer related jobs
Again to reiterate it’s not all that bad, remember it will be just like the hand made furniture business there will always be someone willing to pay for something that wasn’t created by a machine this will of course be the same for many job positions.
But expect careers to change and the vast majority of those jobs to start to require computer coding as a skill set, examples of some of the newer careers in the future that will become extremely popular:
Surely there are other new technology-induced phobias out there that I’m not aware of, but that afflict other people (like you!). Please share them in the comments so we can all be aware! – Original clip taken from this article
Being a teacher should be one of the highest paid careers in the country with industry experts (& not industry dropouts) teaching a curriculum that looks forward 5-15 years and not one that looks back 5-10 years, however we know it’s easy to say that when sat behind a desk typing away, in reality the problem is a lot more complex.
Either way, it still seems counterproductive to educate students using out of date textbooks when there is so much e-learning available from companies and corporations however if you end up sitting in a class doing an online learning course then surely it’s pretty pointless being at university in the first place… ?
For comparison here is a list of teacher salaries averaged for each country, what do you think of the numbers?
OK so there isn’t a list of jobs that you’re going to be safe doing for the rest of your life but following the steps above to stay at the top of your game is one of the best methods to stay relevant.
This article is part of ‘Improve yourself‘ a category designed to show ways people may scam you, how companies trick you and most importantly how you can improve your life by doing something you love doing.