Will You Lose Your Job to Technology? – Infographic

The 20th century saw a massive loss of jobs in factories as machines replaced humans. The US economy moved to “services” and everyone was happy! Of course service jobs are not going to be replaced by machines are they?

Think again.

Now, with the advent of automation and artificial intelligence, more jobs will become obsolete.

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Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.

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  1. Stephanie Werner says:

    Rob Rawson may not be familiar with what travel agents do and is assuming they are just another booking engine, which, in fact, they are not.

    “In his article he writes about the speed of doing it yourself instead of human interaction, yet one of the reasons travelers use travel consultants to plan their trip is that travel agents save them time. With some of the complexities of travel, there is no way a traveler can save time by doing the planning and booking the arrangements themselves. Travel consultants often have access to better savings and promotions because of their relationships with the cruise lines and tour companies. An individual traveler does not have that kind of access.” John Werner, President & COO of MAST Travel Network.

    Those wishing to truly travel and see the world and delight in new cultural experiences, sights, sounds, and cuisines are looking for the best travel experience possible at a good value. Only an experienced travel consultant can do that. Most importantly, consultants offer peace of mind and security in coordinating your hard earned time and money and your vacation dreams. If your online booking goes wrong, who are you going to call…that little gnome!?

    According to Susie Leib, Travel Consultant and Owner of Ambassador Travel, Ltd. Oshkosh, WI, here is what else that little gnome can’t give you:

    “EMOTION – Vacations are an emotional experience and only humans have the ability to feel and share emotions. A travel consultant knows the questions to ask so that the right vacation experience is recommended. A traveler may not even know what questions to ask because you don’t know what you don’t know (information about a destination, experience, hotel, etc)

    VALUE – The cheapest vacation is not necessarily the best vacation. Let’s go back to a Nolan Burris lesson – how much would you pay for a bad vacation? A computer may very well spit out the cheapest vacation but only a human is going to know what the best value for that particular traveler is. Consultants know the best value because we have developed a personal relationship.

    TRUST – How can you completely trust the recommendations posted on a website? Who is behind those recommendations? The public is questioning this as well. Most people when making a vacation investment of thousands of dollars want to be sure that they get the vacation they think they are. Much to the dismay of some techies – people will trust a recommendation coming from someone they know rather than a computer generated recommendation.

    ADVOCATE – Will a computer be there to answer all of your questions before your trip? To clarify questions or put you at ease if you are an anxious traveler? Will a computer be there when you check in and get a garden view room when clearly you booked an ocean view room? Who do you turn to? A travel consultant always has your back! As much as I don’t like to tell people that when they book with a travel consultant we are there when something goes wrong it is true – it is an added value that we bring to the table. I’m fairly certain there isn’t a computer anywhere that will get in the car and deliver a forgotten passport to the airport!”

    So, do we, the travel industry community, believe this idea that a computer can determine a traveler’s needs, clarify questions via a website and deliver the cheapest or most suitable option quicker than a human travel agent and at a lower cost? Absolutely not! As long as there are people traveling there will be a need for travel consultants – and human ones at that!

  2. Bradley Ross says:

    Some of these jobs will change drastically, but will not go extinct.

    Air Traffic Controllers – Much of the work will be automated, but there will still be a need for people to handle unexpected events. By the way, the same argument applies to train dispatchers.

    Interpreters and Translators – I believe that you will see a lot of automatic translators, but you will still need human translators if you decide it is important enough to have an accurate translation. An accurate translation needs to be done by a person who is expert in the subject matter and whose native language is the one being translated to. I still remember an English translation of an engineering article that was written in French. (It was considered one of the seminal articles in the subject.) I was confused by the word dishes, until I realized that an accurate translation would have used the word plates or trays.

    Parking Meter Attendants – This assumes that each car will be equipped with a transponder which will identify the car. It furthermore assumes that the drivers won’t be allowed to turn it off. Getting that through the system will take much more than fifteen years. By the way, such a system could also issue automatic speeding tickets, except that the United States requires you to identify the driver when issuing speeding tickets.

  3. Alcoil says:

    I agree with a lot of it. It may indeed be difficult to predict certain job losses, but there is little doubt in my mind that taxi, truck, bus, train, ship, airplane operators will lose there job within the next 20 years. I am not looking forward to it because I love to drive my car and I think it is quite possible driving may become illegal because humans will be considered too dangerous on the road. Oh, and lookout Indian call centers. Your elimination is coming soon as well. I predict AI so sophisticated that a person will not be able to distinguish whether they are talking to a person or a machine. We will probably get better customer service when that transition happens.

  4. Muhammad says:

    Automatically translating Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese is probably going to take the longest.

    Also, job requirements evolve as well. The whole jobs might not be replaced in the future, but people might be required to learn addition tools and technologies to be viewed as productive employees. The job as we know it might not go extinct but may change completely.

  5. Mitchell A says:

    Please remove the “extinct by” line. The infographic was great until that was added it. There is no way of knowing to any reasonable degree of certainty when these jobs will go extinct, if ever. Many may just because very niche jobs. Ultimately adding that date takes this humorous “in the future…” infographic that has highly probable concepts and ideas and ruins it by adding a layer of ‘fake data’.

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