Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Top 6 Jobs that will survive automation pressure

Automation is being projected as a threat to jobs, but some job profiles will indeed grow even in that era!

Ever since automation came into being, it has been a fear for many in the IT-ITes industry. Recent studies by Nasscom and McKinsey Global Institute accelerated the fear further by stating that like low-skill, low-wage jobs some high-skill, high-wage jobs too will succumb to the pressure of automation.
The picture looks a little gloomy for a moment but if you look closer, you will find a ray of hope. While automation will lead to some job cuts, there will be other jobs that will gain. Archana Sharma, Director, Xavient Information Systems, is all for automation but believes that human beings cannot be replaced in many tasks. “In the past, as some jobs have disappeared, others have risen in their wake. From the past experiences, it is safe to say that technological advancement has always taken us forward. Machines are getting smarter – smart phones, smart homes, smart cars, smart luggage etc., only because humans are getting smarter in creating those. By 2017, while the low skilled jobs might be less in demand, the highly skilled careers will retain their place. All jobs requiring emotional intelligence, human touch, creativity, innovation and interpersonal skills will always be in demand. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will do, only as much it is taught. It will surely be increasing in its capability always, but so will be human smartness and growth,” she says. 
She shares the top job titles that will gain in the era of automation. These job titles are poised to lead IT professionals to newer heights, while the industry may face job cuts due to automation:
Product developers – Product developers will always be in demand. They are responsible for designing and creating a new product. In addition, they also have to foresee updation of a product in the market. This is not a new job title, but will always see traction as it requires human touch.
Data analysts/visualisers/scientists – Big Data will get bigger in the automation phase as well. While data collection can be automated, human beings would still be required to analyse the chunks of accumulated data. This cannot be automated because human touch is required in gathering insights.
AI and robotics leads – While robots will be able to replace humans in many regular and mundane tasks, human beings will continue to supervise and manage them. After all, robos are machines.
Gamification designers – Any design related task could never be and will never be automated as it requires human brain.
QA analysts – QA is an important step in the making of any software product. QA Analysis will always require humans to be on the job.
Network engineers - Network engineers have  always been and will continue to be very important guys. They are entrusted with the task of designing and implementing vast computer networks, which apparently cannot be automated.
Digital marketing professionals – Campaigns can be automated, personalisation cannot. Hence, we will continue having a digital marketing While campaigns can be automated, personalisation cannot.
IoT managers – Last, but certainly not the least are the IoT managers. IoT is a hot property in the tech world, so are the IoT managers. We would continue needing them to manage ‘smart’ things.

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