by Natalia Alejarra

The future is technology. We can see around us, everything is slowly becoming automated. From self-checkout machines to driverless cars, the machines are taking over the job market. Opinions are divided over the ability of machines in evolving enough to completely substitute humans. However, experts seem to agree that this technology wave is taking us to a job market that will require the most sophisticated side of human intellect.

At every tech wave, the debate over human work force vs. machine arises. Time, however, has dismissed worries, leading to markets with new opportunities created by technological innovations. Once again, the fear of technology making humans obsolete is making headlines. This time, however, technology seems to be going further than ever before. Specialists believe machines will be able to over perform humans in roles previously considered unlikely to be taken over by robots, but are unsure if the new wave will also create enough opportunities to compensate for the job loss. 

According to an article in the Economist, 47% of jobs in America could potentially get automated in the next two decades, adding that capitalism itself could be at stake - the irony of a system that advances so fast that can’t keep up with the changes it has created.

As AI replacing man work force will no longer resume to manual labour, the so called knowledge jobs are now under threat. That means that work that is mostly mental is no longer secured. Machines are set to control decision-making roles in a not too far ahead future, leaving people with high qualifications facing fierce competition for the remaining jobs.

However, specialists say that if you can develop skills that computers lack, you may become irreplaceable.

If the first thing that comes to mind is Si-Fi films with robots wishing they could only have a heart, you are not too far off. Experts’ advice is to find what in your job requires the kind of human skill that is impossible to code.

Machines will be present in every field of work, but it will initially come to do the day-to-day administrative job. Tasks easily executed by algorithms will be completely taken over by technology, leaving the less enjoyable bit of everyman’s routine automated. The result would be humans being left to do what they do best: use their brain. Workers will have the opportunity to explore their roles deeper, not wasting their energy with things computers can already do for them.

An article from Harvard Business review 2017 suggests that there are some strategic skills to develop in order to assure your employability, depending on your interests and abilities. Getting into the technology industry is an obvious one, to both run it and to come up with innovations. Investing in higher intellectual skills is another idea, since the human capacity for abstract thinking is still beyond computers reach. Finally, developing interpersonal expertise should keep robots away from your field of work. That includes any roles that require some sort of human connection.   

All this transformation in the job market may lead to an actually much more enjoyable and stimulating kind of work. Some even add that it would allow us to have more quality of life, being able to work remote more often and to spend more time with our family or at the paradisiac beach you always dreamed of.

So the best advice is to prepare for the changes to come. Planning ahead and creating a strategy over the likely changes in your industry are possibly very wise use of your time. Fortunately, humans are very resourceful and should be able to once again overcome the fierce competition that technology has brought together with so much progress.