There is a growing movement in the business world and it may cause you to start looking into a new line of work due to your position being eliminated in favor of having a machine do the task. Do you think your job is safe? You may want to think again and keep reading.
Are Only Manufacturing Jobs at Risk?
I used to think that it was only manufacturing jobs that were at risk. However, that view has changed; especially with the news that brewing giant Budweiser made a shipment with driverless technology.
Whether you like it or not, business is using more automation these days because it’s more profitable to use the advances in robotic and artificial intelligence technology to run operations rather than humans that need bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, or lunch breaks, and being paid.
The coming rise of the machines is so damaging to the job market that projections by the World Economic Forum (WEF) indicate that your job could be one of the total net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries.
If you doubt me at all, think about the last time you called a large to medium sized corporation. Did you get a human on the other end right away? I’ll bet you had to press key after key on an automated switchboard operator. Gone are the days of a row of ladies plugging in wires that connect.
You might be saying to yourself that those jobs were made obsolete by advances in computer technology. This is exactly why you need to develop new skills that utilize technology in your favor. You need to be on the right side of the tech curve.
If you’re in your 40’s, you may remember when the auto manufacturing industry had massive layoffs in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. If you’re younger than 40, you may have someone other than Google to ask.
Yes, there was the crude oil crisis back then. But, there was also the introduction of the Japanese manufacturing principle of kaizen; a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc.
Back then, the auto industry wasn’t very efficient compared to today’s processes. The Japanese introduced the kaizen philosophy as not only a way to improve manufacturing processes but also as a way of life. Robotics were just becoming a workable reality and could perform tasks, such as welding and painting, with greater precision than a human hand. And, since robots don’t need to be fed or given breaks, using them just made sense to the automakers who implemented the technology because of the improvements in quality and to the lower labor costs, which ultimately helped bolster their bottom lines.
Even at 10 years old, I remember hearing news stories where displaced workers would make statements of how they felt.
Are Any Jobs Safe from Automation Elimination?
This really is the $64,000 question. Many people think that the food service and healthcare industries are safe. However, they’re really not. Of the two, the healthcare industry is perhaps the furthest away from seeing massive amounts of automation coming into play at job risking levels. While many people that I’ve personally spoken to have said that they would be hesitant to going to a robotic hospital to get better, the fact remains that robotic surgeries are not just science fiction, but have been science fact since 2000.
Recently, I had a conversation with someone who works in the robotics field and I mentioned that I was writing this article. He agreed with me that there are a huge number of jobs at risk. However, he pointed out something that made perfect sense.
All the jobs at risk of elimination due to advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are low paying jobs – cashiers, manufacturing (note, not all mfg jobs are low paying), food service (fast food, waiting tables, etc), office jobs, etc..
To be fair, he also pointed out that the number of jobs being created in computer programming, robotics engineering, and other related areas, are keeping pace with the number of jobs being eliminated.
What about Food Service Jobs? Everyone Needs to Eat, right?
Yes, you are correct. Everyone does need to eat. However, food service jobs aren’t safe either. More and more often, you’ll be seeing self-service ordering and payment stations in places like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Hardees/Carls Jr.
In fact, not long ago, the CEO of Carls Jr. came out with the idea to test an entirely automated location. However, there were no reports if he actually went through with his plans.
So, nope… food service doesn’t seem to be safe from automation.
Is Going Back to School the Answer to not being Eliminated?
For some people, the answer is yes. I’ve always been an advocate of education. However, when you really study the curricula of even some of the top schools and compare them to the needs of today’s workforce then you may find that they’re severely outdated.
A prime example of this saddening fact is shown in a video by Gary Vaynerchuk, owner of Vayner Media.
Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t some really good schools out there because there are; and many of them will want to try to keep pace with where technology is headed. Some schools will even partner with larger corporations as a means to gain access to the latest technology; in which case, the corporation gets a steady stream of potentially well-trained people to choose from those jumping into the new-hire pool.
The key here, as Gary said, is not to go into debt while getting that education.
You can’t declare bankruptcy on student loans very easily. And, let me tell you… that is one debt that will follow you around for several years. I know from experience.
When I wanted to learn marketing, I chose to align myself with a community of people who were willing to teach what is working right now in the marketplace and who were actually successful and respected within their field. This decision has opened so many doors for me and I know it will do the same for you, too.
How to NEVER Have to Worry About your Job Being Eliminated due to Technology
Let’s face it… job security is something that hasn’t been around for decades. The economic crash of 2008 proved that was the case. Remember? People in once thought-to-be-safe industries suddenly found themselves out on the streets looking for work. Homes were foreclosed upon in record numbers (yes, I do realize that the banks were the cause of this and shady lending practices were the culprit).
However, there are too many people out there that follow what Robert Kiyosaki, New York Times best-selling author (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), calls Industrial Age thinking and chose to work for other people.
Working for yourself is the only way to never have to worry about being downsized due to technology. As a former professional driver, I knew it was only a matter of time before we’d see loads being transported without the need for a driver behind the wheel. Now, as stated above with the Budweiser shipment, that is the reality.
With ridesharing companies looking at and implementing the same technology, those ways of earning a living are also on the chopping block in the future.
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