New Technology taking over Jobs
Ever since the industrial revolution, technology has been replacing jobs in multiple fields. Most of the times, technology is replacing jobs which require hard manual labor, repetitive tasks, operating in adverse environments or in dangerous conditions.
However, with the way in which technology is evolving, with significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and deep learning, more and more jobs are becoming at risk of being replaced altogether. But is that really a bad thing?
Before becoming alarmed, let us first understand how technology is replacing jobs in the first place.
When is technology brought in to replace the human worker?
A common misconception that most people have is that technology is replacing jobs in order to cut back on costs and generate bigger overall profits.
While there is a bit of truth to that statement, there are a lot more reasons behind this decision.
First, and foremost, technology is replacing lower-end jobs. Jobs that are badly paid, to begin with; involving a lot of difficult labor; a lot of heavy lifting; generally a very physical approach to labor. Needless to say that these are very dangerous conditions to work in; hazardous to the physical health of the employees; where an injury is simply waiting to happen. For example, sewage and sanitation jobs or cleaning jobs (e.g. cleaning equipment and rebot are deployed to provide cheap cleaning services, bookkeeping and accounting work where Optical Character Recognition and Artificial Intelligence to extract data).
Second, technology is replacing jobs that require a very high degree of precision. If the truth be told, the human body is rather limited. Too limited, in fact, to take on certain jobs which require either very fine and precise movements, or handling extremely small and fragile elements. For example, micro technology and micro engineering.
Third, technology is replacing jobs that require the workers to work in very dangerous environments and under very dangerous conditions. While these jobs are very well paid, require years of training and a lot of dedication form the person in question, they still come with a very large amount of risk. For example, deep sea divers and bomb disposal experts.
Fourth, and finally, technology is replacing jobs that require repetitive and menial tasks. These are known as “useless jobs” or “dead-ended jobs” which require the worker to perform the same task, or the same set of tasks over and over again, as part of a bigger process, without actually achieving anything or having an impactful contribution. For example, basic data sorting and assembly lines. Data sorting can be bookkeeping and accounting work where technology is able provide cost efficient accounting service or solution.
For the vast majority of the world's workforce, the threat of losing their jobs because of technological advancements is a real and ever-present one, and while we cannot prevent it from happening, there are ways to lessen its impact on our lives.
One of the hardest things for most people to accept is the fact that the world, and every single aspect of it, is constantly changing. This means that what was a safe and sure thing yesterday, might be a risky instability tomorrow.
Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than on the job market, and with people’s livelihoods at stake, there is a clear reason for fear and tension to exist, at the rate at which technology is replacing jobs.
If a person feels that his or her job might be at risk in the future, then it might be time to adapt. Start by seeking additional education and qualifications. There are a lot of opportunities out there that permit you to do just that. There are courses, training centers, even schools that open their doors to the general public.
Make a habit out of frequently scouting the job market, learning what the demands are, and what opportunities may be within your reach.
Plan for the future properly. While there is no way to accommodate an unemployed lifestyle comfortably, there are ways to delay bankruptcy and stagger finances long enough to find a new, possibly better job. Take your time, look at every single detail of every investment opportunity that you can find, save up as much as you can, and get rid of all your debt.
Lastly, don't stop searching for better employment opportunities. Assuming that all the above steps have been taken, and you now have a more stable financial situation, as well as a good idea of what the job demand is, and new qualifications and advanced education, you can start making your presence known on the job market. Apply for jobs, put your resume out there, go to interviews, and it is only a matter of time until a better opportunity shows itself. Dare to change, dare to make a career switch.
Conclusion on whether technology is replacing jobs
Although technology is replacing jobs with every passing day, there are ways of dealing with this situation and mitigating its effects on you.
Revolting against it will not solve anything, in the long run, only short-term solutions can come from it. The best thing you can do is plan ahead, stabilize yourself financially, further your education, obtain more qualifications, and look for better jobs.
Don’t be deterred by age, habits, or complacency. The world is changing, evolving, becoming better, and so should you.