In a world where money is the number one goal, cost-cutting measures are implemented everywhere. A serving job has been known to be a great job—especially because you can rake in serious cash from tips—but it will soon be taken over by robots. Many chain restaurants already have tablets at the table that you can order food and drinks from, pay the bill, and even play games while you wait. The next step is having an automated machine bring you your food, and then you’ll never see another human waiter again.
Telemarketing jobs are already heading in the direction of full automation. Just think about how many of those annoying phone calls you get that have a robotic voice give you a pre-recorded speech. This job doesn’t require a lot of social or emotional skill, so AI is a natural replacement for human labor in this career field.
Bookkeeping opportunities are expected to decline by 8% in the next five years, so it shouldn’t surprise you that this job is becoming largely automated. With programs like QuickBooks and Microsoft Office, it’s easy to see why. With software already on the market that will only improve in the coming years, it just makes good business sense to let a computer program do it.
Compensation & Benefits Manager
Compensation and benefits managers do a lot of personal interaction with both employees and employers to make sure everyone gets what they deserve in terms of salaries, insurance, and retirement plans. The highly-social factor of this job is what makes it so surprising that AI will eventually replace humans in this field. Unfortunately, as companies grow in size and span multiple continents, a human-run system presents more problems with time delays, costs, and errors.
If you’ve ever called up to a business and had to sit through a long, automated introduction that gives you multiple options on which buttons to press to reach the department you’re looking for, then you already see the transition from human to AI. Many modern companies don’t even have office-wide phone systems anymore. Automated phone and scheduling systems will inevitably replace the friendly receptionist at the front desk.
This is another job we’re already watching be replaced by robots. It’s not as obvious as seeing cashiers get replaced with self-checkout lanes, but it’s just as real. Drones and robots are already being used to deliver packages to your home—just look at Amazon’s delivery system as an example. It won’t be long before your local mailman is replaced with another drone dropping off your mail.
This job is already on the decline, and that trend is set to continue until AI completely replaces humans in the field. We’ve all been saved by spellcheck and ruined by autocorrect, so it shouldn’t be too hard to see a future where proofreaders are replaced by computer programs. There are already a lot of technologies available that can edit your writing, and that market will only continue to grow.
Computer Support Specialist
You might think that computer support specialists need to be human in order to talk through the problem and find a solution, but you’d be wrong. With so many sources online with instructions, step-by-step guides, and hacks available, this job can easily be automated. You’ll soon see more and more of your IT department, including support specialists, be replaced by bots and automated systems.
Market Research Analyst
When you think about how a market research analyst is in charge of studying market conditions to look at potential sales, it seems important to have a human who can understand what people want, who will buy what, and at what price. However, there are many computer systems available that can do this job faster and better. AI systems can conduct research, develop content, and gather information all at the touch of a button.
So much advertising and content creation can be done for cheap or free through social media platforms. Marketing is shifting away from print and TV and moving toward online advertising that makes it effortless for people to buy ad space and remove the salesperson. This makes it faster and simpler for users to make money, so why would they want to go through a middle-man when they can handle it themselves with the help of AI?
With the prominence of internet shopping, self-checkout lanes, and a desire to be left alone, shoppers already don’t need the assistance of a salesperson in stores anymore. Many stores are already cutting down on the number of sales employees they hire, and this number will only continue to drop. Soon, self-help areas will be featured in stores, and you won’t see a human sales associate around.
Data Entry Clerk
Data entry clerks are responsible for entering or updating data into a computer system, often from paper documents. Before computers and scanners, this job required a human touch to get done correctly. Nowadays, it’s as easy as scanning a document and letting the computer do the rest. This job is already being dominated by AI, and it’s only a matter of time before humans step out of this field forever.
Unless an employer decides they want a human chauffeur for the conversation, this is a job that will soon be replaced with AI. Self-driving cars aren’t available to the public (yet), but it's only a matter of time. When this technology comes to the market, you better believe no one will be hiring a chauffeur to drive them around instead of an automatic car.
You might already notice the effects of AI taking over the fry cook position. Some fast food restaurants have stations where you can custom order a burger that is then made by a robot in the kitchen. Fast food companies are especially notorious for cutting costs and replacing human labor with AI technology whenever possible, so it isn't hard to see how this job could disappear.
As the modern world advances, so does our infrastructure. It seems like there's always some sort of construction being done on roads, government buildings, and adding new tourist attractions. With the speed at which new things pop up, and old buildings are torn down, it’s no surprise that the demand for fast, efficient labor is also rising. Construction workers are being replaced at every turn with machinery to cut down on time, labor costs, and the danger of being injured on the job.
We’re already replacing human labor with robots in our own homes—just think about how popular Roombas have gotten. Janitorial jobs also get a bad reputation for being undesirable, even though it’s often not a bad paying job. When you consider how easy it would be to replace a janitor with a robot that doesn’t need money, sleep, or food breaks, it’s no surprise this job will be taken over by AI soon.
Librarians are a well-loved staple in many schools and local libraries, but they will also soon be replaced by AI. Automated systems already keep the books organized and cataloged, and a quick search on a library computer will tell you where anything is located. Once you get a robot in there to put books away, you might not need any library staff at all!
Much like a chauffeur’s position, truck drivers will soon see their jobs being taken over by self-driving trucks, robots handling the cargo, and computers weighing everything. Almost every position related to truck driving can be filled by some sort of AI. This tough job with hard hours would also see a reduction in employee-related accidents and complaints, as truck drivers sometimes drive too long without rest. A driverless truck would also improve delivery times, making this job ripe for replacing.
Security positions have been slowly replaced over the years with technology like cameras, alarm systems, and even drones. Roaming security guards are being canned in favor of cameras, electronic locks, and robots that check for threats. When you consider that AI doesn’t have to take a break and won’t sue if they get injured on the job, it’s no surprise that we’ll soon be saying goodbye to human security guards.
This is one field where AI will probably never completely take over; it will just drastically change the industry. Much like the robots and drones used in security—except with weapons—AI technology will take the field as the first line of defense. This will keep infantry forces out of danger longer and improve military operations.
Advancements are constantly being made in the world of transportation, and taxi companies are no different. When Uber came around and disrupted the taxi business, we saw the potential for technology as a money-saving way to make calling a ride much easier. The natural next step is getting rid of the driver as self-driving cars hit the market. Don’t be surprised if you stop seeing human drivers altogether when automated driving technology takes off.
The quick growth of online shopping has revolutionized the industry, spurring a robotics revolution that is quickly replacing humans as the primary workforce. Amazon is a great example of the need for a fast, tireless workforce that can fill orders and deliver them swiftly. Robots can do almost every job in a warehouse now, paving the way for an AI takeover in this field.
Assembly Line Manufacturer
The industrial revolution kicked this off back in the late 1700s. As the world transitioned to new manufacturing processes with advances in machine technology, less human jobs were available. Today, humans aren’t even required to operate most of the machines. Technology will continue to improve, and this industry could eliminate the need to hire human labor forever.
Much like the self-driving car technology advancements, improvements in auto-pilot programs will slowly remove pilots from the payroll. Drones are also being used more and more, especially for situations that don’t need a vehicle that can transport people or cargo. This field is unlikely to see AI replace the pilot position anytime soon, but the goal to replace human labor with robot technology is already well underway.
Your local bank location might soon have only one or two actual humans to talk to, leaving you at the mercy of ATMs and automated phone calls. The rise of cell phones had brought about a technology revolution in which websites and applications can replace the need for human workers. Your convenient banking app is the latest culprit. Since you can complete most bank-related tasks online or over the phone, bank tellers are slowly being eliminated.
Much like warehouse workers, robots and computer programs can do this job more quickly, efficiently, and for a drastically lower cost. Online shopping has increased the demand for products to be shipped out at high speeds, and robots are simply better equipped to handle the requirements. Say goodbye to this job, because AI can already do it better than humans can.
The idea that technology could replace your friendly neighborhood farmer might shock you, but it’s a sad reality we’ll be facing. Robots are currently being designed that can grow and harvest produce faster, better, and cheaper than a human can. According to manufacturers, this advancement will lower the cost of food by decreasing the cost of labor. That sounds great until you realize how many seasonal workers will be out of luck when robots take their jobs.
Once you consider how easily robots can replace farmers, it should be easy to see how they could also eliminate human landscapers. The cost to have a robot plant your garden or re-design your front yard would be drastically less than a team of laborers who need food, sleep, and rest from the elements. As sad as it is, robots can just work harder and longer than humans can, which appeals to the wallets of those who decide between a robot worker and a human one.
Much like a compensation and benefits manager, insurance auditors handle payroll and personnel record to decide on a variety of employee benefits and compliance with tax laws. This job can easily be replaced by AI because of the heavy concentration on document-related work and computer input. Computer programs can eliminate the need for human-to-human communication so you can see how this job—and many other jobs—will be completely automated one day.