We have all been fooled into believing that we can have job security and a financially sound future if we go to college, major in a particular field, and graduate successfully.
This sounds great, but somehow it has missed the mark of ensuring anything, other than an extremely high student loan debt that takes almost a lifetime to pay off.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.7 million Americans are unemployed, including 1 out of every 40 individuals who hold a college degree. This is astounding considering 44 million Americans are currently encountering student loan debt, which collectively accounts for over $1.5 trillion in national student loan debt.
Something doesn’t add up.
It’s not just student loan debt that harms job security or financial wealth for Americans, it’s also the fact that many jobs are currently dwindling due to AI replacement. Like it or not, technological developments are great because they make our jobs easier, save money and time, and will assist in making us more effective and data-driven.
The only downside is that the increase in AI throughout the job market results in a decrease in jobs for actual humans. It’s the price we pay for technological advancements and the technological revolution. Sophia Bernazzani, author of 10 Jobs Artificial Intelligence Will Replace states that the following careers will be replaced by AI:
- Bookkeeping clerks.
- Compensation and Benefits Managers.
- Computer Support Specialists
- Market Research Analysts
- Advertising Salespeople
- Retail Salespeople
In addition to the careers listed, AI is well on its way to threaten the livelihood of those Uber, Lyft, and taxicab or truck drivers out there considering over 300,000 jobs per year will be eliminated once the technology matures, according to Insider Higher Ed.
Even our healthy meals will be planned by AI, according to Analytics Magazine, because over 77% of millennials prefer AI to a human. The list of careers being replaced by robots is a long one, unfortunately.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. Positions that require a human touch, such as jobs within the realm of public relations, creative writing, and even graphic design are safe (for now) from the threat of being eliminated through AI technological advancements. Funny to know that positions within the field of Art will actually be saved because they require real people with a real perspective that varies.
When it comes to job security, individuals should no longer rely on what worked in the past. Now is the time to become creative, take a risk, and try something new. If you have a talent, figure out how you can leverage that skill to make money for you.
As humans, we have everything we need to become successful…we just have to be willing to take the chance and overcome any fears that might attempt to stand in the way. It seems like a major task to reinvent yourself to ensure job security, but believe me, you will be glad that you did.