Automation is here, and it’s already disrupting business as usual for several industries. In a recent study, Oxford experts tried to gauge the odds that certain jobs will be almost completely automated over the next two decades. They found that tax preparation, bookkeepers, accounting and auditing, among other things, are expected to be 93% or more automated in coming years.
Every crisis is an opportunity – and automation presents incalculable opportunities for businesses and professionals to continue learning and adapting. Businesses are no longer able to rest on their laurels with the same practices, technology, and personnel. Instead they’re being forced to grow and change in order to remain competitive in an ever-shifting marketplace.
No one wants to hear that robots are coming for their livelihoods. The Matrix wasn’t intended to be a how-to guide on the future of American industry. Automation is not the end of human accounting; it’s a new beginning of an era in which human labor is valued even more highly.
There will be casualties of the automation revolution, like telemarketing (which let’s be honest, is probably for the best). But there will also be new opportunities that we can still barely begin to imagine.
Consider driverless cars. This exciting technology is poised to transform the way humans travel. And in the process, it will open up a range of new jobs within an entirely new industry. The auto industry and related fields are already beginning to stop, collaborate, and listen to each other. This mutual support is necessary for any industries that aim to stay relevant in our quickly changing world.
Physical jobs which require little to no creative thinking will almost certainly be taken over by machines. As AI becomes more sophisticated, other industries will turn to robotic replacements as well. Jobs which require creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking are likely more future-proof than those mentioned above.
Even as the concept of business evolves, various industries will continue to rely on the human element. Computers may perform algebra more accurately, but human creativity adds a kind of value that cannot be calculated. Some people see a few industries as being less affected by automation. Dentists, managers, creative writers, and graphic designers are among the jobs that seem safe from automation, given today’s technology.
Businesses and industries must always grow or die. The technology available today may necessitate faster growth, but the principle remains the same. As always, businesses that value adaptive behavior, continued learning, and receptivity will continue to help people find their footing in the shifting sands caused by automation