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There Is No Such Thing As Job Security

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:

  • Telemarketers
  • Bookkeeping clerks.
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers.
  • Receptionists
  • Couriers
  • Proofreaders
  • 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.

 

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About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

4 comments

  1. Unionize. Unions protect jobs and improve workers’ pay.

  2. This is one of the most ridiculous articles I have read. In the first place, an unemployment rate of 2.5% (one out of forty) for the college educated is very low. This is consistent with the level of frictional unemployment (normal turnover due to changing jobs and time spent in job search). Moreover, the jobs listed as being replaced by AI are predominantly low skill or entry level jobs such as data entry clerk or cab driver. These are not jobs that require a college degree. The implication that student debt acquired obtaining a college degree is wasteful is not supported by the evidence presented.

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