Date Published: 06-10-2016

Technology is constantly evolving and advancing. We’re already seeing robots and AI that’s advanced enough to eventually end up doing an actual human’s job, in fact it’s quite unsettling at times.

Whilst we’re grateful that we have the modern technology and tools that we need in order to do our jobs and go about our everyday lives, many candidates are asking themselves “will a robot take over my job?”

To answer that question, we’ve compiled a list of jobs that are least likely to get taken over by robots:

Health Professionals – It’s unlikely that robots or machines will ever be able to take the place of doctors, surgeons and other health professionals as they don’t have the capacity to make decisions and consult based on various factors.

Quality Assurance – Whether it’s QA within the food manufacturing sector, or checking and maintaining machines in the engineering sector, a robot or a computer cannot be qualified to do the job. Sure, you can program a machine to look for an error within another machine but what if that machine breaks down?

Product Development – If you were to crowdsource a product with a robot automatically collating the top 3 ideas for said product into one, there’s no guarantee that the product would actually be a good product, despite being formed from the popular choices. A person, however, can intelligently make conscious decisions about what will work and what won’t.

Creative Jobs – Whilst currently you can schedule and automate marketing software, it would be impossible for a computer to create intelligent or creative content in a marketing role. There are ways of programming software to put text together based on previous words used on social media, or within websites but those words often aren’t put together intelligently.

Finance Jobs – Automated invoicing software already exists, which are programmed with different levels of tax based on services provided, but what you’d get from an automated accountant is a very basic level of accounting based on top level rules. A robot would have to be very far advanced to analyse and put two and two together by itself.

Supply Chain Jobs – Warehouse cataloguing can and is easily done using barcodes, and driverless cars aren’t too far in the future but who is going to unload that truck when it reaches its destination?

I.T. Jobs – Even when machines and computers are more intelligent and are able to do a job, we’ll still need developers and testers. You can train a piece of software to look for broken code, and scan over a website to look for mistakes but it will never be as efficient as the human eye and won’t be able to determine new ways of writing code.

As you can see, there are plenty of different types of jobs that it’s improbable that robots will take from real people. Of course, we’ve seen some movement in self-service, but there will always need to be people to look after machines.

If you’re either looking for a new role or looking to fill a role that’s not suitable for a robot (or a job programming robots), get in touch.