Jobs That Will Not Be Replaced By Robots

Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz

Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certified

Technological advances often make our lives easier. We’re able to access services and information faster than ever before. In our workplace, technology has allowed us to become more efficient and productive.

Technological advances in robotics and artificial intelligence can have a major downside. For some of us, our very jobs may be at risk if it’s determined computers can complete them. Before you worry about a robotic takeover, consider careers that rely on real people and human interactions.

Teachers

Teaching isn’t just about providing information to students and testing them on it. High School Teachers need to tailor their approaches to each grade and sometimes to individual students.

Technology has become a great asset in the classroom. Teaching students requires a level of emotion and flexibility not found in the automated systems of today. The interaction between teachers and students can sometimes be complex. This requires an understanding of human behaviors. Something technology simply can not recreate.

Police and Fire

Police and fire emergency personnel have also reaped the benefits of advancements in technology.

For example, the increased use of bomb disposal robots allows police to explore and diffuse potentially harmful situations with the least amount of risk to human life. Firefighters too have utilized robots when tackling difficult forest fires.

These advancements have improved the quality of work life for many emergency personnel. Often times, this type of equipment is remotely controlled by a person. Other times, equipment like this isn’t necessary to use based on the situation and a real person is needed.

The passion that firefighters work with can’t be matched by a robot. No current technology can compete against a seasoned detective when interrogating a suspect.

Health Professionals

Automation is also assisting healthcare professionals when it comes to the treatment of patients. It’s still no match for surgeons, doctors, nurses and technologists. The complex training health professionals receive goes beyond the textbook. A lot of human factors are involved in the treatment of people. It's not likely that technology will be able to completely take over at any point in the foreseeable future.

Mental Health Professionals are also safe from the continued automation in the healthcare sector. Empathy, compassion and understanding are critical skills that mental health professionals must have to be successful in their work. A true understanding of the human experience is a necessity when they are trying to help others who are struggling.

Artificial intelligence might be able to mimic human relationships but it doesn’t understand the true complexity of what makes us human.

Lawyers

If you were arrested, would you bet your freedom on a computer program? Aside from legal databases and software, there has been little technological tampering within the legal field.

Legal proceedings are often delicate with meanings and expressions having the possibility of being slightly different based on each person or case. Being able to successfully mount a case for or against someone relies on one’s abilities to argue on behalf of clients. This might include interpreting past case law or difficult to understand laws.

While studying to become a lawyer is difficult, the reward is its longevity in the career market. It seems unlikely robots will be able to replicate the behaviors and intuition of a lawyer.

Food Service

If a chef can’t taste the food to determine if it needs seasoning, how can the food be good? Can a restaurant become popular enough to stay in business with a robot chef? Expert chefs are trained to please both the eye and the stomach. This is something a robotic development couldn’t possibly know anything about.

Even fast food chains that often use automated systems are unlikely to see the end of human workers. Conveyer belts might get the food from the fryer to the drive thru faster. The human face is still needed to address non-standard customer requests. From high class restaurants to fast food chains, customer service is a big part of what makes a place successful.

Interacting with wait staff, hosts or cashiers is part of what makes eating out a social experience. If you replace all those social constructs with robots, dining out just became a lot less enjoyable.

Creatives

Authors, painters, poets, dancers, singers, actors…the list can go on and on. Those with creative careers are the safest from the influence of up and coming technologies.

An operator might be able to tell computer software to record a song or design a model. However, those are not original ideas. Technology might be able to help achieve creative expression but it will never be able to replace the creative side of a human.

About The Author

Robin Schwartz
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Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is a PHR certified HR professional with a broad range of expertise including recruitment, performance management, employee relations and talent management. She leverages her years of experience in HR to bring functional change to organizational leadership and direction to management structures and employees. Robin aims to empower the employees and managers she works with by providing coaching and counseling services.

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