All signs point to the fact that human beings are becoming obsolete in certain workplaces. Why? According to IBM’s Watson, robots prove to be more efficient and smarter than people. They don’t get bored or tired, and they make fewer mistakes. It is estimated that there is one robot for every 5, 000 people. According to Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation, robots are handling seemingly monotonous tasks like analyzing documents and filling prescriptions. These jobs were done previously by humans.
Jobs are being taken over by machines and that is a reality rather than some kind of science fiction banter. Though, some sectors are more at risk from job losses arising from ‘machine takeover’ than others,the high risk jobs are in transportation, logistics, office and administration support.
Here are five jobs that are being taken over by robots.
The UCSF medical center, San Francisco, California, now has an automated, robotics-controlled pharmacy at two UCSF hospitals. The computers at the new pharmacy electronically receive orders from UCSF pharmacists and physicians. The robots can also pick, package and dispense individual doses of pills.
The next time you drop a prescription order a robot might be waiting for you at the counter.
Even when human supervisors are in the passenger seat, test cars have driven over 1,000 miles without human intervention. Cars can now drive more than 140, 000 miles with only occasional human control.
A partnership with General Motors has led to the birth of NASA’s Robonaut2. NASA’s Robonaut2 is an android technology with a wide array of sensors and five fingered hands. According to the creators it will handle menial jobs such as cleaning the space station and assist humans in space operations at its initial stage. Yet it could someday venture to help spacewalkers performing repairs or scientific work.
Store Clerks such as cashiers, librarians and retail assistants could be replaced by machines since companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce the need for employees. Bank tellers could be replaced by ATM machines and virtual assistants can answer the phone all through the day.
Lawyers and Paralegals
Software can review documents in a tiny fraction of time and it annihilates the cost of having an army of lawyers and paralegals to undertake the same task. A software that is provided by Blackstone Discovery, Palo Alto, CA can help analyze 1.5 million documents for less than $100, 000.
Other jobs that are thought to be most at risk from ‘machine takeover’ are telemarketers, insurance underwriters, waiters and waitresses, typists, soldiers, babysitters, rescue workers, HR assistants, roofers, mathematical technicians and gaming dealers.
Some jobs still cannot do without human involvement. These jobs are recreational therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, surgeons, software developers, editors, graphic designers, electricians, personal trainers and certain teachers. These jobs are safe and have the least risk of automation.
Certain skills cannot be done away with, such as caring for others, persuasion, negotiation, originality and other interpersonal skills. While it is depressing that some jobs will be taken over by machines, you should focus on skills that will always need human presence when considering a long time career.