Artificial Intelligence’s Effect on Careers

The use of Artificial Intelligence is seen at fast-food chains where ordering kiosks are used, which replaces cashiers.

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The use of Artificial Intelligence is seen at fast-food chains where ordering kiosks are used, which replaces cashiers.

Tiana Salisbury, Photojournalist

As time goes on, so does advancement in technology. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is the computer system that is able to perform human tasks. Some examples of the use of AI include self-driving cars, roombas, and speech recognition devices. These examples may make AI seem like it is a huge benefit in our lives, but it could have a negative impact on our generation’s future.

Every day, students are taught in school in order to prepare them for their future careers. At first thought, there are almost endless choices for a future job. However, when Artificial Intelligence is added into the picture, the possibilities are drastically reduced. Forbes states that 47% of jobs in the United States are at risk of disappearing in the 2030s because of the enhancement of AI. Celina Fang (9) responds to this and says “it’s really sad how many jobs are being taken over by AI.”

A common job like a receptionist can easily be replaced by Artificial Intelligence. The actions that a receptionist performs can be programmed as an algorithm into a computer system, which eliminates the need for human labor. Other jobs, such as doctors, may not be fully taken over by AI, but the role of it will have a big change. Artificial Intelligence will be able to perform more precise actions than a human could, but human analysis is an important element of a doctor’s job that can’t be replaced by a robot.

An action of AI’s denomination that is already taking place is at fast-food chains. Many chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Taco Bell, have started using self-ordering kiosks. By using these kiosks, there is no longer a need for cashiers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 80,000 jobs at fast-food chains will disappear by 2024.

Even if there are many jobs that have a high chance of disappearing because of AI, there are also a handful of occupations that can’t be replaced. These kinds of jobs involve creativity and human interaction. Robots will never be able to possess these skills and will therefore never be able to take over these jobs. For instance, human resource managers, writers, and software developers can’t be replaced by AI because the things that are done in each occupation requires skills that can’t be done by robots.

Artificial Intelligence is continuing to evolve today, bringing both good and bad things to our world. When choosing a career, we should keep in mind how advances in AI could change the roles of different jobs in the future.