Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands front and centre of our world today, poised to reshape the very fabric of our professional landscape. Across many sectors, AI is being harnessed to streamline operations, ushering in unparalleled efficiency. But, as we have seen throughout history, technological advances are always balanced against the loss of existing human jobs.
Automation has replaced many professions in the past decade. By 2030, automation is predicted to make 20 million manufacturing jobs obsolete. In the US, a quarter of occupations stand at the precipice of automation, while nearly 73 million jobs will potentially be lost in the next half-decade.
So, it’s not farfetched to think that AI will have a similar impact on jobs. Japan projects that nearly half of its workforce might find their roles supplanted by AI or mechanised counterparts in a mere decade or two. Meanwhile, approximately 30% of occupations in the UK risk facing AI-induced redundancy.
Amidst this concern, the key question is: which jobs are safe? And is the value of human intervention slowly degrading?
Will AI replace all jobs?
There’s an interesting website called ‘Will Robots Take My Job?‘ that allows users to look up a job title and see the predicted likelihood of AI replacing human workers.
Figure: Example from ‘Will Robots Take My Job?’
Interestingly, we asked the most popular AI tool these days ‘ChatGPT 4.0’ about the potential jobs that AI can’t replace in the future. The answer was very interesting. Instead of listing specific jobs, it gave us a list of categories that AI won’t potentially replace or impact significantly. These categories included:
- Creative jobs: Roles that require human creativity, emotion, and intuition, like musician, artist, or novelist.
- Human Relationships and Empathy-Based Jobs: Professions like therapists, social workers, and even some aspects of teaching or nursing require a deep understanding of human emotions and the ability to build genuine human relationships.
- Jobs that Require Physical Dexterity: Think about doctors, mechanics, electricians, and so on.
- Cultural and Social Interactions: Jobs that centre around understanding and interpreting human cultures, such as anthropologists or even certain marketing roles.
However, AI-driven predictions are not always precise, as job descriptions are diverse. A single title can encompass many different roles. Consider writing, for instance: whilst some writers might craft tales of daring adventures, others write about current affairs or the more reflective space of blogs.
Which professions are already being affected by AI?
Research highlights that telemarketers are among the most affected profession, as 99% of roles are earmarked for potential AI substitution. By 2024, the career advancement trajectory in telemarketing is predicted to decline by 3%. This paradigm shift can be attributed to the scripted nature of the role.
Conversely, the field of Human Resources (HR) stands relatively insulated from the AI onslaught; a mere 0.55% of HR roles are vulnerable to AI encroachment. It remains an indisputable truth that HR jobs require a human touch.
Ultimately, at Code Red, we believe AI is an assisting tool to further finesse our work. AI is only as good as its user and the ‘human touch’ is one of the key factors to achieving optimum output.
With advanced technology, we spend more time reviewing a piece of content than writing it from scratch. It has eliminated the ‘blank page’ and helped writers finetune their material to consistently meet and exceed our client’s needs.
Our clients each have unique messaging; therefore, a personalised approach is paramount. As a PR company specialising in the niche market of cybersecurity, we understand that human input is invaluable. We believe that AI is a tool to enhance creativity and efficiency, but the unique ideas and passion for excellence that humans bring will always be irreplaceable.