Ten future jobs already here thanks to automation

Looking into a crystal ball at the future of work, things might seem amiss. The prediction is that automation is set to destroy the job market. Humans will be made redundant by robots and sweeping tech advancements.

There will be no more Jill from accounting, Fred from marketing, or Rosie from development. It will all be computers. But does reality mirror this prediction?  Experts in the field suggest not, calculating that machines and algorithms will create more jobs than they displace. (58 million new jobs by 2022, to be precise.)

But don’t just take their word for it. As evidence, here are 10 future jobs that are already here thanks to automation.

Automation administrator

Automation software runs using logical rules, not magic. It does exactly as it is told. And that means that someone needs to tell it what to do.

More than that, it’s good practice to keep an eye on your automation software. It’ll run until you tell it to stop, even if the process is unneeded or out of date.  

Enter the automation administrator. This is one of the future jobs that are already here thanks to automation. Automation administrators are the people that plan, fine-tune, review and update the automated workflows in place.

Automation economist

The prediction that automation is set to destroy future jobs might be off the mark. But, without automation, we wouldn’t have the experts to reassure us of that.

In fact, there is no shortage of studies about the impact automation is having — and will have — on the economy. This is the work of the automation economist. They’re the experts studying the effects of automation on every aspect of the economy. This includes the production and consumption of goods, the supply of money, and the future job market.

AI trainer

You need to ‘teach’ our automation tools to translate input into the desired outcome. It’s not unlike the way a dog needs training if you want it to do something.

AI trainers supervise the learning of AI. They’re responsible for training the technology with data and ensuring that the tool learns the right things. Such lessons, for example, might include image recognition training, empathy training, or even worldview training.

BPA programmer

AI might be learning how to write code. Automation software might seem extremely able and smart. But as clever and as capable as your automation tool may be, it’s not smart enough to code itself into existence.

So, for automation to continue to be part of the fabric of the workplace, future jobs will have to include the role of the business process automation software programmer.

Without a skilled team of developers, there’s no automation software to create the 58 million new jobs it’s projected to invent.

Chatbot copywriter

As much as chatbots are coming into their own in customer service interactions, they aren’t helpful, friendly, or witty by themselves. Nor are they tone sensitive.

Behind every great chatbot personality is a great chatbot copywriter, another of the future jobs that we are already seeing today.

A chatbot copywriter is the brain behind the bot. They’re responsible for pre-programming the bot with contextual dialogue. That is, they give the bot a bank of replies, jokes and useful information to send to you.

Chief listening officer

Chief listening officers oversee the management and monitoring of all communications about organisations. So, that includes mentions on social media, customer reviews, comments, and inbound messages.

This role is fed by automation software, which makes 24/7/365 social listening possible. It can pull every mention, comment, post review and message for you, along with smart sentiment analysis.

So, someone needs to be there to reap the benefits of this insight. That’s why ‘chief listening officer’ is one of the future jobs fuelled by automation.

Machine relations manager

Humans are increasingly working alongside automation and robots. It might be an obvious side effect of the rise of automation, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a partnership that comes easily.

So, that’s led to the creation of future jobs in machine relations management. Machine relations managers referee the relationship between human employee and machine. This ensures effective collaboration between real employees and their robotic counterparts.

A machine relations manager makes sure that automation technology is being used appropriately. For example, only in places it supports human workers.

ML engineer

Machine learning is a subsection of artificial intelligence. It’s a core tool that’s helping fuel more and more automated decisions.

But this wouldn’t be possible without the highly specialist engineers behind it. ML engineers perform complex computations and design the algorithms that allow machines to learn from the data they’re given.

In short, as automation moves ever closer to AI, machine learning engineer is one of the future jobs set to grow in scope and necessity.

Robot technician

The maintenance of the physical automation machines is already a common job in manufacturing. Nowadays, robots are spreading into retail and even the home. As these uses of robots become increasingly commonplace, the role of robot technician is set to rise alongside it.

So, when these automation vessels malfunction, get damaged or need a tune-up, you’ll need the help of a robot technician. As such, this is another of the future jobs set to rise thanks to automation.

Tech ethicist

With all the scary predictions about automation disruption, automation anxiety is prevalent. Many are fearing mass job losses, worrying over the impact on the economy, and nervous about the dangers of AI.

Enter the tech ethicist.

Another example of the future jobs that automation is bringing, the tech ethicist injects responsibility into our use of tech. So, as we increasingly deploy and enjoy automation, the tech ethicist fosters positive societal engagement. They question, analyse and ensure that our use of automation isn’t the threat to us that it’s made out to be.

Thank you, automation

It’s undeniable that automation is changing the way we work. However, it’s not costing us jobs in the process.

Instead, automation is helping our future jobs, challenges and skill sets evolve. Indeed, it’s giving us the ability to chase new knowledge, new challenges, and new opportunities.

So, thank you, automation. Welcome to the team.