9 months ago
It’s true that automation, artificial intelligence, and other technologies are going to replace hundreds of millions of jobs over the coming decades. This is all a scary thought, one that can immediately allow fear to sink in. You might start to think: Why even bother going to college at all or developing career goals when your job is likely to be replaced by automation within a decade? But these are not thoughts you should indulge. You’ll never be able to accomplish anything, big or small, if you can’t work through fear.
Just take it from the pros. From rock climbers to poker players, if you want to accomplish your goals, you’ll need to focus on three things: visualization, over-preparation, and working through fear. For any career path, you’ll need to be able to visualize yourself succeeding, mentally prepare yourself (both for expected and unexpected situations), and deal with fear, so that you don’t let it stop you from achieving your goals or living your life.
Now that you know the tools you need to succeed, you might be left wondering: Which jobs will still be around once you graduate, or ten years after your graduate? Pro tip: Choosing a profession that is focused on people is a safe bet. Below are a few jobs you can count on to stick around.
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Most healthcare jobs will be safe for the foreseeable future. They’re also traditionally associated with higher salaries, so you won’t have to worry about that. Some of the most in-demand healthcare jobs of the future will include psychiatrists, therapists, dentists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and at-home caretakers. A lot of these jobs will be safe because they’re highly unpredictable and they require developing close relationships with clients.
Sure, you might think that teaching jobs would be among the jobs most at risk for automation due to the rise of podcasts, online teaching programs and classes, and teaching apps. But teaching jobs of all kinds are expected to stick around because they’re people-focused jobs that are unpredictable. Some of the safest teaching jobs will include early childhood educators, special education educators, middle school and high school teachers, and university professors. One of the teaching jobs that will be most at risk of automation is training jobs, such as training new employees of a business. Virtual reality and other technologies will be able to replace this type of teaching.
It’s not just creative jobs that will survive automation — creativity is one of the key skills that will be more in demand for future jobs (along with empathy and strategic thinking). This is a broad category though, and it can include anything from being a practicing artist to designing video games to being a scientist to being a businessperson. And if you’re worried about the salary for creative jobs, not all creative jobs pay little, either. For example, the median annual salary for video game designers is $86,510, and for technical writers, it’s $69,850.
If you love video games, this would be a good creative field to go into. They’re much more popular now than they used to be, especially among younger generations. eSports is almost just as popular as traditional sports for many people, and eSports tournaments are now held worldwide with massive cash prizes. In short: Video games are in high demand, which means more creative jobs in the industry will be in demand. And as video games embrace new technology like virtual reality and augmented reality, more complex designs will be needed, not to mention creative storytelling to keep gamers interested.
Automation and artificial intelligence isn’t all bad. It’ll actually create more new jobs for people. People will be needed to monitor operations (when robots can’t) and repair machines, among other tasks. Some of the best technology jobs will include: robotics engineers and technicians, computer systems analysts, and mechanical engineers and technicians.
The types of jobs that are most at risk of being automated include jobs that are very repetitive and predictable. Some of the most at-risk professions include: paralegals, legal assistants, cashiers, sports referees, fast food cooks, telemarketers, and accountants.
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