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  The apparent coming of age of Artificial Intelligence in the past couple of years has been incredible to watch. But although this revolution has been greeted with excitement in many quarters, not everyone is pleased with its unfolding. Millions of workers across the world have been left asking whether Artificial Intelligence is going to take their jobs at some point in the near future. The experts seem to believe so. Is your job safe?
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In this article, we’ll reveal some of the roles that we consider to be least at risk of being gobbled up by Artificial Intelligence. You should have a look. Perhaps there’s some good news in here for you after all.

Mental Health Professionals

The depth, empathy, and human connection required for therapists, counsellors, and psychologists make these roles challenging to automate. AI can aid in diagnostics or treatment plans, but the therapeutic bond is uniquely human. In any case, mental healthcare is, at its core, a deeply human art, just as much as it is a hard science.

Human Resources Managers

While certain HR tasks, like resume screening, can be (and are being) automated, interpersonal skills, understanding of organizational culture, and ability to manage conflicts or sensitive situations are intrinsically human. There’s little chance that this one is vanishing from the list of career options open to you anytime soon.

Emergency Responders

Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers respond to unpredictable situations and often make life-saving decisions on the spot. At some point, AI will assist in logistics or analysis related to tasks attended to by these professionals. But the hands-on and situational adaptability required to be a decent emergency responder will remain beyond its scope for quite a while, at the very least.

Creative Professionals

There’s been some debate about the fate of creative endeavour in the age of AI. That’s because we’ve seen AI tools produce apparent artwork, including portraits and written pieces. But artists, writers, and designers have something going for them that automated tech doesn’t. These people tap into human emotion, cultural nuance, and subjectivity, and come up with art that’s often easy to tell apart from the dry, mechanical output that AI can only manage at the moment.

Skilled Trades

If you’re an electrician, plumber, or carpenter, you’d be pleased to know that your job isn’t going anywhere either. These kinds of jobs require precise manual dexterity, spatial reasoning, and on-the-spot problem-solving. Although robotic systems that take care of specific tasks will become commonplace at the workshops of the future, the versatility and adaptability of human workers in these trades remain unmatched.
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Medical Surgeons

Even with advances in robotic-assisted surgeries, human surgeons provide irreplaceable judgment, adaptability, and fine-tuned motor skills. They also engage in direct patient care, making decisions based on a multitude of factors, including the individual’s health, history, and more. Their trained intuition remains invaluable.

Early Childhood Educators

It’s likely that the higher levels of education will eventually be manned by AI systems, at least to some extent. But caring for young children requires a combination of patience, empathy, adaptability, and a deep understanding of human developmental stages. AI can be used as a tool in education, but the human touch in these formative years is essential.

Environmental Scientists

These experts engage in fieldwork, gather samples, analyze ecosystems, and interact with the environment in complex ways. Their understanding of biodiversity, climate change, and conservation is deeply interconnected with human values and priorities—aspects of the human experience that automation is still poor at grasping in full.

Farm Equipment Operators

In line with the obvious tendency of AI to leave some of the less glamorous occupations untouched, here’s another category of that sort that makes our list. Farmers (or the equipment operators they employ) needn’t worry about AI becoming seed sowers or harvesters. This tech isn’t going to herd or feed livestock either.

Research Scientists

AI can process vast amounts of data, but human intuition, creativity, and the ability to formulate new, uncharted hypotheses make researchers crucial. Their innovative thinking and approach to convoluted problems are attributes that AI can’t replicate fully.

Final Words

The integration of AI into various sectors can bring numerous advantages. However, the jobs we’ve referred to here all underscore the irreplaceable value of human intuition, empathy, creativity, and adaptability. It’s essential to recognize and appreciate the unique capabilities humans bring to the workforce, which work in tandem with technology rather than in opposition to it. Featured Image Source: Wazobia Technologies
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This article was first published on 13th September 2023 and updated on September 18th, 2023 at 1:55 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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