Have you thought about what you can do to make yourself indispensable. This question is becoming more difficult to answer as we look at advancements in automation and artificial intelligence.
While no one knows for sure how new technology will impact the future, many experts have made predictions. It’s especially important to note what skills are important for you to master to decrease the odds of being replaced. I hope you pay special attention to these skills and make it a priority to develop them!
We experienced the downsizing and outsourcing trends and next, we’ll have to face the automation trend. In fact, it has already started to impact our lives, so now is a good time to learn more about the consequences.
Automation and Your Job
Deloitte reports on automation and it’s impact on the workforce. “Business process outsourcing autonomics
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Autonomics — a new era in outsourcing?
The term “autonomic” describes systems which are designed
to perform routine tasks and operations performed by
humans. The technology interfaces with existing applications
for processing transactions and triggering responses.
Now combine Autonomics with artificial intelligence (cognitive technologies) and… we’ll either see 33-47% of jobs disappear or the creation of new jobs. According to Deloitte:
A widely cited recent analysis by researchers at the University of Oxford is an example of the dark side of the debate. The study estimated that 47 percent of total US employment is “at risk” from computerization over the next decade or two.2 Gartner Group, an information technology research firm, takes a similar position, forecasting that “one in three jobs will be taken by software or robots by 2025.”3 Three Gartner analysts have offered a starker “strategic planning assumption:” “By 2030, 90 percent of jobs as we know them today will be replaced by smart machines.”4
What Jobs Are Safe?
Jobs that rely on repetitive and routine tasks are at risk. Deloitte says:
On the other hand, the skills required to perform broadly or loosely defined jobs—skills such as common sense, general intelligence, flexibility, and creativity—and those required for successful interpersonal interactions—such as emotional intelligence and empathy—are likely to become relatively more valuable.
INFOGRAPHIC KEY POINTS
Though the data in this infographic is about the UK, it won’t be all that different in the US. Thanks to my friends at NeoMam for sharing this infographic!
Skills less likely to be computerized:
- Fine Arts
- Social Perceptiveness
- Assisting/Caring for Others
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Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.