The power of technology has grown exponentially over the past number of years. Computers and machines have enabled humans to accomplish things that they only dreamed of at one point in history. Space travel, cell phone capabilities, and self-driving cars are only a few of the incredible inventions powered mainly by computers.
While mankind as a whole is mostly excited about these new technologies, some are worried that jobs will continually be eliminated as robots and computers start to take over their positions.
We’ve compiled some of the most likely jobs to be taken over by robots in the future. If you want to see if your job is on the list, make sure to check out every item!
#18 Automotive Production
Machines are a logical choice for assembly lines. They cut down on manufacturing costs, allow for a more efficient use of time i.e. they don’t need breaks while humans do, and the list of things they can do is growing by the year. Machines can already weld, install, and paint parts which means that a lot of factory workers are out of jobs. Do you know anyone in the auto industry that’s out of a job due to robot workers?
#17 Military Explosive Technicians
While robots have made it possible for military personnel to avoid some dangerous situations, they’ve also eliminated a lot of jobs and will likely continue to do so. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) robots, for example, are being used as a front-line tool to examine suspicious devices or packages and deactivate mines and explosives.
#16 Hazardous Environment Investigation
The advancement of technology is considered by some to be both a blessing and a curse. Scout Throwable Robots (STRs), for example, are able to search through collapsed buildings, enter volcanoes, and detect explosives. That means that humans can avoid dangerous work, but it also means that there’s less work available. Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Let us know in the comments!
#15 Space Travel
Who can forget Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon? It marked a new age for mankind and opened a whole range of possibilities. Technology has been a crucial factor in successful space travel, but now unmanned space crafts are being paired with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for space missions. In some cases, these devices are paired with astronauts, but they’re capable of carrying them out on their own as well.
#14 Military Pilots
The military is really being hit hard by robots, and again, while they are helping to keep personnel out of harm’s way in some cases, they’re also removing a lot of opportunities. Drones have allowed more reconnaissance and bombing missions to be carried out without people being on-site, but they’ve eliminated a lot of jobs for pilots.
#13 Underwater Exploration
Exploration is an instinctual urge that almost all humans have, and robots have enabled mankind to explore beyond our wildest imaginations. The deep sea ocean floors are being thoroughly scouted by robots that can dive deeper and longer than any human possibly could. They also have a wide-range of equipment including sensors and high-definition cameras that allow them to capture images of newly discovered marine life.
#12 Medical Services
The jobs of surgeons and doctor’s have been made much easier with the use of robots and technology. Robot-assisted surgery might have once sounded like a term out of a science fiction movie, but it’s now a reality. These devices allow for less invasive surgeries with more precision and less blood loss and pain for the patient.
#11 Cleaning Ducts
Robots help society in ways that boggle the mind, but the less glamorous ways don’t often earn much publicity. For example, duct cleaning isn’t commonly thought of as an important topic for our generation. It can actually be quite a dangerous job, though, since harmful chemicals and hazardous materials found in ducts can harm humans. That’s why duct-cleaning robots are being used in hospitals and government buildings to explore ducts and clean out anything hazardous.
#10 Crime Fighting
Some technology isn’t readily available yet but it soon will be. Remote-controlled robots in the police force are being utilized minimally currently, but their ability to scan buildings and pinpoint enemy locations before police officers even enter a building will be extremely useful. It’s only a matter of time before every police force utilizes these robots.
#9 Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has become a much more widely utilized service as the years have passed. It’s common place for people to get a massage at a spa or from a clinic, but it’s becoming increasingly common for people to choose an automated massage chair over an actual person. As technology continues to advance it’s likely that these devices will become even more effective and more commonly used.
#8 Aircraft Manufacturing
Companies have recently shared that they’re developing humanoid robot technology that would relieve many workers of dangerous and laborious tasks including climbing ladders and crawling into small spaces. They claim that this will allow human workers to focus more on high-value tasks, but many are skeptical that there will still be work available for humans.
#7 Office Work
A school in Singapore recently introduced one of the most humanlike robots ever created, and it will be working as a receptionist at the Nanyang Technological University campus. Not only does the robot look like a human with its long dark hair and soft skin, it also greets visitors, shakes hands, makes eye contacts, and recognize people that it’s spoken with before.
#6 Fast Food
If you’re a frequent visitor to fast-food locations like McDonalds, you’ll notice a new development. Computerized machines have been introduced as new, efficient ways to place a meal order. While this might help with busy lines, it will undoubtedly decrease the number of minimum wage jobs available in fast-food locations around the world.
The next time you go to a pharmacy and drop off a prescription order, it might be a robot that serves you from behind the counter. UCSF Medical Center recently started a robotics-controlled pharmacy at two hospitals, and the robots are able to pick, package, and dispense pills to customers.
#4 Taking Tolls
Taking tolls is a relatively straightforward job, so it’s easily understandable how machines could take it over. That’s the case in many places around the world as lanes like “EZ Pass” are becoming more and more common, allowing people to have zero human interaction as they pass through tolls.
Many people don’t realize that they’re interacting with robots on a daily basis when they go to a grocery store or drug store. Self-checkout is essentially a machine taking over a cashier’s job. It’s allowed companies to employ fewer people and increase efficiency in stores.
Farming is a cornerstone profession that has been in existence since the beginning of time, but robots and machines have decreased the need for farmers. Commercialization and efficiency is the name of the game for many big companies, and the fact that robots can water, harvest, and place insecticide on foods and plants at a faster rate than any human is a fact that they can’t overlook as they try to increase their bottom line.
#1 Oil Spill Clean-Up
Oil spills are environmental disasters that happen way too often. While activist volunteers are a huge help in cleaning up these oil spills, the 2010 BP oil spill was actually stopped and cleaned up by a team of robots. These robots were operated remotely by engineers and used to dive deep into the ocean, stop the oil spill, and then clean up the leaked oil.
These industries are sure to be affected by the advancement of technology and robotics specifically. Some argue that robots being introduced into the workforce will open up new jobs, but many are left wondering where it will end. The fear of artificial intelligence is real for many people, and that concern is likely to become more prevalent as we rely more and more on robots in our daily lives.
Are there any other jobs that you think robots will soon take over from humans? Are you concerned about robots taking jobs away from humans? Share your opinion in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!