Ever since robots came on the scene there has been fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) about what robotics will do for the future of jobs. Some have predicted, surmised, and guessed about the types of jobs that could and would be in jeopardy. Some futuristic thinkers have completed in-depth studies (some over 150 pages long) that read like a scholarly book. If you ask people, “Will robots take over your job?” You’ll probably have some of them look at you like a cow looking at a new fence. Most people don’t consider that robots have gotten to the point of taking over jobs. Of course, most of the research and development of robots has been to support humans in dangerous jobs (like cleanup of the Fukushima reactor), military jobs, and robotic surgery. Additionally, over the past two or three years there has been the emergence of home robots. Many of these will create havoc for awhile until people see the benefits of making changes to their lifestyles and eventually most will come to understand how they ever got along with a home robot.
As mentioned in previous posts, the future is now and it is important that students seek to learn to program in order to stay current in the world they live in now and in the future.
However, it is undeniable that some jobs are more ripe to be replaced by robots than others. Amy Webb, a digital media futurist and founder of Webbmedia Group predicts that there are at least eight career fields that are ripe for disruption and could fade away within the next 10 to 20 years. As parents look to guide their sons and daughters they may want to consider having them look at other jobs not in these fields:
- Toll booth operators and cashiers
- Customer service
- Factory workers
- Financial middle men
- Phone workers
“You should be quite worried,” Webb said at the Milliken Global Conference about selecting these positions for a career. We should not fear the future and should not be pessimistic about it. “We need highly-skilled plumbers and highly-skilled people in all types of field we no longer venerate,” Webb said.
We will take up other discussions in future blogs.
Quote for the Day: “Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?” — Ralph Waldo Emerson