What Are the Jobs of the Future?

The workforce is changing quickly – what opportunities will arise through AI for workers?

By: Brian Gaysunas

Artificial intelligence (AI) doesn’t simply materialize – the creation of smart, informed AI takes time; up to years depending on its complexity. The work that goes into AI creates positions that have never existed before: AI ethicists, machine learning engineers, and AI trainers. Beyond these roles are the AI programmers that build the AI and data scientists who learn from the AI.


Roles made necessary by AI

The AI ethicist role is among the most abstract that will form as AI becomes more commonplace. The massive, unpredictable influence of AI requires theorists to analyze the societal impact decisions involving AI can have. Most people already have concerns about how AI could affect our jobs and livelihoods, so it is important that we tread carefully. This is exactly what AI ethicists set out to do. AI ethicists are involved in decisions involving artificial intelligence from before the programming and training phase and all the way through execution.


Machine learning engineers, along with AI programmers and trainers, are involved in the creation of AI and how it operates, where the goal is working software. These roles are critical and will require innovative thinkers. AI is a world unfamiliar to us – working alongside AI ethicists, following the footsteps of pioneers in AI, and making new discoveries will all come with the utilization of AI.


Data scientists make sense of the data and statistics AI can provide. This means providing insights beyond the statistical analyses AI is able to perform. Data analysts are already vital to the success of any large organization and will continue to have integral roles to the success of the company. AI will essentially act as an assistant to data scientists by pulling data and running statistical analyses that data scientists can break down further.


Roles affected by AI

Jobs that require critical thinking and creativity will be transformed by AI – and not in the way you might think. AI can tackle repetitive tasks and logical decisions, which leaves more time for those in creative roles to focus on innovation. When you aren’t bogged down by a daily to-do list, you have more time which harbors the perfect environment for creative work. Roles that require a lot of critical, abstract thinking reap the same benefit – having more time to think and strategize can lead to greater results.


Aside from creative roles though, every job will be affected in some way by AI. It’s important to remember that AI isn’t being created to eliminate or to destroy jobs, but to make jobs easier and quicker. If you work in a warehouse, you might be aided by automated inventory tracking or voice recognition technology in picking. If you work as a marketer, you might have greater insights on consumer behavior through the intense data analysis AI is capable of. If you work in customer service, you might be assisted by chatbots that can guide customers in the right direction before they are directed to you.


Although some roles may be eliminated by AI, new roles will be created with the addition of AI to our processes. Imagine a world where computers determine the most effective and efficient strategies. could make everything from travel to shopping to work quicker and easier – that’s the world you’ll soon be living in.