Jobs AI Can’t Take Away From Humans… At Least Not Yet

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous and is becoming increasingly smart and efficient. While AI has proven to be beneficial, there is growing concern that it is taking away the jobs of humans. Workers should anticipate employment disruptions as a result of AI in a variety of areas, including healthcare, agriculture, and industrial sectors. Experts explain however, that there are some jobs that cannot be replaced by AI; well at least not in the foreseeable future. Here are five jobs that are still safe from the impact of AI.

1. Psychologists

Psychiatrists and psychologists use their knowledge of human behavior and mental health to help individuals achieve academically, socially, and emotionally. This requires them to tap into the emotions of others and to show empathy. These are abilities that AI doesn’t possess because they have never been human. Psychologists connect with people on a deep level and are able to communicate effectively. Half of the time, Siri and Alexia don’t understand our simple commands. Robots can never fully understand the issues that exist within the human psyche.

2. Writers

Writing is a creative process. Writers are required to develop and generate original material using their thoughts, experiences, or imagination and that of others. This cannot be copied by AI. Through a text, emotions can be expressed which AI is unable to do and identify with. While AI can assist with automated social media messages, plagiarism scans, editing and writing prompts, they aren’t that successful just yet at literature writing such as plays, movies, and books. Individuals have attempted to make AI outstanding authors but the results just didn’t make the cut.   

3. Judges and Lawyers

Although the use of artificial intelligence in the legal system can provide judges with a range of resources and can help reduce the number of errors in cases, it cannot replace judges and lawyers. The work of these professionals mostly entails negotiation, case analysis, and strategy. In their job, subjective information and outcomes based on opinions are crucial. Humans are needed in the legal system to interpret complicated laws and present arguments on behalf of their clients. Human empathy is an integral part of the outcome of cases. These are all aspects that cannot be achieved by robots.

4. Teachers

There is so much more to teaching than just the transfer of knowledge. Robots cannot replace the human touch that is necessary in schools. Students are expected to learn social skills and values that only another human can facilitate and encourage. Teachers help foster a sense of belonging and ensure that wisdom is passed on. In school systems in China for instance, AI has made its way into the classroom for facial recognition and as teacher’s assistants where they take attendance. In the US, AI is used in education to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of students. However, AI is unable to adapt its teaching to the students’ needs mid-lesson, read the emotions of students, identify students’ difficulties or inspire students.

5. Doctors

AI has made its way into the medical field and in many cases has made the work of doctors a little easier. However, human doctors cannot be replaced by AI. Bedside manner is essential as it promotes healing and makes patients comfortable. Doctors foster trust, create a rapport and maintain a positive relationship with patients. Empathy and genuine care is needed in the treatment of patients. Doctors are able to deal with the lack of data as they execute their duties. All these are unachievable for robots in healthcare.

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