Many people freak out when they hear the words robot takeover, and they have a good reason to. When you think about it, the fact that a lot of jobs could possibly go to robots is quite scary considering that people have bills to pay, children, college, medical care, the list is practically endless. So it is not that absurd for people to be worried about their jobs being taken over by robots.
At this point, there is no stopping automation. Now that robots like the industrial robot arm have been in use for such a long time, and people have seen what can be gained by having robots do the work that was originally done by humans, the demand for robots and automation is higher more than ever. No matter how you look at it, it makes more financial sense to get robots to work for you if you can. This applies especially in big industries and large businesses.
Therefore, the question on everyone’s mind, which is quite evident, would be what next for humans? In this economy, jobs are already hard enough to find without having to compete with machines that do not need sleep or breaks. Any average person would worry, but they do not necessarily have to. Research shows that automation may actually help people find better and more satisfying jobs than the ones they cling on to so desperately.
When you think back to before calculators and other machines that make everything much easier were invented, people had to do all those things on their own. For instance, accountants had to spend so much time calculating and therefore they had little to not time to do much else. In addition, it may have taken more accountants to do the work of two or three modern accountants today.
However, despite the fact that everything is easier thanks to machines, jobs were not necessarily reduced as a result. Instead, it just gave people room to advance and become better at what they do thanks to the time they got to gain. Things like business strategy and investments are done in a better way and more often now more than before. Moreover, people have more chances to advance in their careers.
On another hand, not so long ago, sales men had to do what is done quite easily by websites now. Selling items online is a much more efficient way to sell items than by the use of salesmen, since it makes it easier for more people to get access to the goods around the world. People hardly think about it but this is one of the biggest ways in which automation has had an impact. Needless to say, the pinch can hardly be felt by the workforce.
For every automated job that is created, more opportunities arise for people to do other jobs. For instance, online stores need website developers, IT specialists, bloggers, delivery guys and so on. Therefore, in as much as the development of websites has filled up a wide job gap, it can hardly be felt because people have adapted and found new ways to replace their jobs.
According to research, 13.6 million jobs are going to be created in the next decade thanks to automation. In essence, this means that automation will provide an equivalent of 9% of the jobs in the workforce by the year 2028. These are all new jobs that would not be available if automation had not taken place. To put it in context, for every ten jobs that are lost thanks to automation, one other job is created in other areas of work such as design, engineering, software, support, training and maintenance among others.
This is not to imply that people should be celebrating automation, but they should definitely not disregard it altogether. Instead, they should get prepared for what could come out of automation by getting the appropriate skills required for the jobs that automation will create.