Top 10 Careers That Can’t Be Replaced by AI or Automation

Technology has been revolutionary but as it continues to advance more and more jobs are being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Automation and artificial intelligence have impacted society, with both the benefits of economic growth and innovation and the potentially adverse effects, like job and labor replacement. An Oxford Economics report on how robots are changing the world estimates that nearly 20 million manufacturing jobs will be replaced Meaning lower-income job holders will be disproportionately affected, and that income inequality could increase.

However, there are several service-focused industries and careers that require human traits that can’t be translated into algorithms. These include:

  • Compassion
  • Imagination
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Social Intelligence
  • Other Cognitive Skills

Jobs that require these skills are more likely to remain secure in a daunting future with AI and automation on the rise. The following list of careers will more than likely not be replaced by technology, because they still require human creativity or interaction.

Makeup Artists

women getting her makeup done by a makeup artist.

Makeup artistry is a versatile career with opportunities to work in a variety of settings, including theatre, film, salons, studios, weddings, events, or personal makeup. As well as applying makeup to clients, makeup artists also use analytical and creative skills to select the appropriate colors and tools to emphasize a person’s characteristics. Some makeup artists require specialized courses for special effects and character creation.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for makeup artists is expected to increase at a faster-than-average rate, with an annual average income of $66,000. In the state of Nevada, you can make $87,000 annually and in the state of Texas, you can make $65,000 annually. To become a makeup artist you must be admitted to a makeup institute, earn a certain amount of application hours, and depending on the state, may need to obtain certification from a diploma program.

Writers

Writing is an extensive and diverse field. Writer occupations range in the industry; from the screen, blog, and novel writing, to journalism or technical writing. Whatever the field, writers must be capable of commanding language, research, conceptualizing, pinpointing, and addressing a target audience.

Career Outlook

The outlook for writers and authors is projected to decline slightly but has a median pay range of $67,120 per year. To become a writer — technical or otherwise — typically requires a college degree with knowledge, experience, or expertise in the subject matter.

Hairdressers

hairdresser using hairspray on a client

Hairdressers and barbers provide a variety of treatments and styling for hair. This can include cutting, styling, coloring, and more. Professional hairdressers provide beauty care and advice to their clients and typically require dexterity in their hands and physical stamina to stand for long hours. They also spend most of their workday socializing, whether it’s with clients, peers, or employers. This can be a great career choice for those who are extroverted and love meeting new people.

Career Outlook

The outlook for hairstylists and barbers is projected to decline very slightly over the next decade, with a median annual salary of $27,630 per year. Becoming a hairstylist or barber typically entails a state-licensed program and the completion of any required hours. Some states may require continuing education hours to maintain a license.

Maintenance Workers

General maintenance and repair workers work in a variety of locations and typically have expertise in the functions and working components of different commercial and residential buildings. Due to the tasks that maintenance workers perform, they are often talented and skilled at analysis and problem-solving.

Career Outlook

The outlook for general maintenance and repair workers is increasing at an average rate. Maintenance and repair workers may expect to make a median pay of $40,850 per year. Becoming a maintenance and repair worker typically requires on-the-job training with supervision from a seasoned maintenance worker. As the trainee builds skills and expertise, they may begin to take on more difficult projects or may choose an entrepreneurial route.

Teachers

teacher helping student with a laptop

Teachers work in the classroom with people of all ages. A career in teaching can be extremely rewarding as teachers work to build student skills in academia, socialization, and behavior. This job requires high levels of empathy and human understanding to foster learning spaces and relationships with students.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for teachers ranges depending on student age groups and specialization:

  • Kindergarten and elementary teachers may expect average job growth and median pay of $60,660 per year.
  • Middle school teachers may expect average job growth and median pay of $60,810 per year.
  • High school teachers may expect average job growth and median pay of $62,870 per year.

Becoming a teacher typically requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college. Teachers must also pass entrance exams and educator tests to receive state-level certification. Some states may require continuing education coursework and credits for teachers to maintain their certification.

Therapists

Therapists and psychologists provide emotional support services to help people overcome problems. This job requires deep listening skills and the ability to empathize and offer a safe non-judgemental space. Therapists and psychologists may work in private practice, or collaboratively on a healthcare team, alongside social workers, or in school settings.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for therapists and psychologists is rising at an average rate with a median annual salary of $82,180. Becoming a psychologist or therapist requires higher education at a master’s or even doctoral degree level, completion of clinical hours, and licensure.

Healthcare Workers

nurse in a mask putting on gloves

Employment opportunities in healthcare often require the ability to assess, support, and provide a level of treatment or assistance to patients. Healthcare professionals rely heavily on their soft skills and abilities to connect with patients to foster healing. These soft skills include the ability to communicate, work on a team, adaptability, problem-solving skills, and high levels of compassion and empathy

Career Outlook

Employment in healthcare occupations is expected to grow much faster than the national average and boast competitive wages. Most healthcare positions require at minimum an associate’s degree, but depending on the level of expertise may require a medical or professional doctoral degree.

Advertisers

The crutch to almost every business, regardless of scale, is its ability to market and get products in front of consumers. Advertising and marketing jobs require the ability to creatively strategize, design, carry out marketing campaigns, and track the results of the promotion. Advertising and marketing require the ability to communicate, comprehend consumer needs, and navigate public relationships.

Career Outlook

The employment outlook for advertisers, marketing managers, and specialists are growing at an above-average rate, with a median salary of $141,490 per year. To start a career in advertising, prospective marketers must typically earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. Many marketing jobs also require experience that can be earned in an internship or lower-level marketing position.

Retail

retail worker looking at the clothes in the store

Retail sales workers work in stores and provide purchasing support and knowledge about products. Though much of retail has shifted to online purchases, some retailers are staying or moving to brick-and-mortar locations. Sales associate positions in retail often require soft interpersonal skills such as high levels of communication, respect, and friendliness. They may also need skills in persuasion and empathy.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for retail sales workers is remaining steadfast with no deficit or growth. The average pay for retail sales workers is $27,320 per year. There are typically no education requirements for a retail sales position. Many retail sales workers can gain on-the-job experience and training from their employers.

HR Managers

Human resources managers provide employment and benefits support to employees of a company. This typically includes overseeing and ensuring that employees receive compensation and benefits. HR managers also oversee workplace safety, employee rights, and manage employee records. They also attend or evaluate employee hiring, training, procedures, evaluation, and labor relations.

Human resources managers often require soft skills that help them connect with employees. They need high levels of communication, teamwork skills, empathy, problem-solving, and the ability to demonstrate leadership and trustworthiness.

Career Outlook

The employment outlook for human resources managers is projected to grow faster than average. Human resources managers may expect to earn a median salary of $121,220. Becoming an HR manager typically requires a bachelor’s degree in human resources to learn more about labor management, compensation, employee development, and employee and labor laws.

Have A Passion for Makeup?

Did you know that you could turn your passion for makeup into a career? At L Makeup Institute, we offer a wide variety of courses for both beginners and advanced students. With campuses in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Dallas, Texas we’ll provide you with training that can help you with your future in makeup artistry. For more information about our programs or our institute, contact us and speak to a member of our admissions team.!

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