Will Tech Jobs Be Automated?

Technology-sector employees are particularly worried about being replaced by automation, including tools used by employers to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

An estimated 67% of workers at U.S. technology companies are concerned about losing their jobs to digital capabilities powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic software.

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have advanced, human labor is no longer necessary for certain tasks in the workplace. While it’s a trend that worries some, tech advocates say automation will free human workers up to tackle more impactful and creative strategic projects.

Of course, some jobs are more easily transitioned to automation than others. It’s important for business owners to recognize and prepare for these potential shifts and for those who are in or are soon to enter, the workforce to develop the skills needed for new opportunities that will arise.

According to Dice, here are the jobs with low risk of getting automated-

  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Computer Occupations, All Other
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Web Developers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Network and CS Administrators
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Programmers

It’s easy for a software platform to crunch even the largest datasets in all sorts of ways; but it takes human intuition—and again, creativity—to actually draw useful insights from all that data.

On top of that, analysts must convey a “good story” about those insights to other stakeholders, including a company’s top executives—something a machine simply can’t do on its own. Those kinds of tech jobs don’t go away anytime soon.

Jobs in the area of artificial intelligence, an increasingly key element of automation, are proving to be more resilient.

The nation’s tech sector employs roughly 6 million workers, including tech professionals, as well as people in sales, marketing, human resources, and other positions. Together they account for an estimated 4% of the total U.S. workforce.

If you’re just starting out in the technology field and exploring your first tech jobs, take heart that skills such as good communication will continue to be valued, no matter how sophisticated the machines around us become.


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