Are You Developing Skills That Won’t Be Automated?

In May I wrote an article that demonstrated that a huge number of jobs will be eliminated soon due to automation. I encourage you to review that article because it has a number of videos that actually shows you how far along the automation is.

These changes will happen faster than we can imagine.

A new article from the Harvard Business Review says that, “10% of U.S. jobs would be automated this year” and that, “close to half of all U.S. jobs may be automated in the next decade”.

This will cause a dramatic change to our society. So how do you prepare for this?

The first step is to become aware of this now and plan accordingly. Do some research. Find out what the future of your job looks like. If it’s repetitive or routine, it will likely be automated. Don’t simply ask your boss or your neighbor, because they won’t have a clue about what is coming.

Next, if you are in a job that will be automated soon, start adapting now.

So what do I mean when I say “adapt”?

Start developing skills that can’t be easily automated. Jobs that require a personal touch, emotion, creativity or context. If you have a personality or if you’re funny, develop a Podcast or a YouTube channel. Here’s another article I wrote about this subject.

You need to think about this now!

And if you have kids who are trying to figure out what they want to do in life, talk to them about this.

I encourage you to read this article, because it provides some valuable insight into what kind of jobs are safe and which ones will be automated.

I will add one more thing to think about: if you think like an entrepreneur you will look at this technology and try to figure out how you can use it to your advantage. It can be a boon for entrepreneurs.

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  1. Some jobs that won’t be eliminated are jobs that many U.S. citizens wouldn’t consider doing. Those jobs are generally classified as “trades.” They include plumbing, carpentry, electrician and a newer one, instructing homeowners in how to effectively run their new electronic home; automobile mechanic, diesel mechanic, welder, any of the fields that repair large, non-throw-awayables. Throw-awayables include the small appliances that are cheaper to just toss than repair such as TVs, microwave ovens, coffee pots, the myriad small home appliances that all, at one time in the history of our country, were repaired.

    The list of “trades” is long and I have only included a few. Most pay pretty decent wages and there is not much chance of the plumbing in your home being repaired in China or India.

    High paid manufacturing jobs are dead ends as they will be chased to whatever country has the least restrictive environmental laws and the lowest cost of labor. Wages aren’t always the true indicator of cost of labor.

    Anything internet can be done overseas and all of the work associated with the computer industry will follow manufacturing if it already hasn’t.

    Unless we reverse our open border policy, any unskilled jobs will fall to those willing to perform them for the lowest wages. Human labor has historically been done by recent immigrants in this country, starting in the early days of the railroads with the Irish immigrants and later immigrants from Italy and Russia and other middle European countries as war and political unrest cause emigration from those areas.

    Long haul truck driving will be fully automated; railroads will be fully automated; more of air travel will be automated. I see cockpit crews either totally eliminated or reduced to one pilot per cockpit. Planes now can take off and land completely by themselves once programmed. It is only a matter of time until airline pilot will not be the high-paid, glamor job it once was.

    Shipping and receiving will be automated as well as stock picking. It looks as if automation will also affect local deliveries with drones touted as the next UPS drivers. I don’t know about that. There are some problems that must be solved that I don’t see as easily addressed.

    1. Yes, I agree that trades will be safer longer, and I also agree that Americans don’t put enough value on these jobs. Thanks Chuck!

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