9 Jobs That The Robots Cannot Take
For years, we’ve heard the refrain “Automation is coming.” And while many occupations face the threat of downsizing due to automation and “robots,” there are still roles that require the human touch.
Jobs that have high amounts of flexibility, don’t feature routine tasks every day and require interpersonal communication are safe from the invasion of robots, insists Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. And for all job seekers, the key to staying on the profitable side of automation is ongoing skill building — learning to run the machine, not doing the same work the machine automates.
Looking to create a robot-proof career? Here are 9 jobs that automation will not replace as illustrated by some of our favorite fictional characters.Start Slideshow
Number of Open Jobs: 87k
Median Base Pay: $45,610
Skills Needed: In addition to showing passion for education, teacher candidates must demonstrate a variety of interpersonal skills including communication, problem solving, and patience.
Number of Open Jobs: 187k
Median Base Pay: $66,013
Skills Needed: In addition to assisting physicians in providing medical assistance to patients, nurses must have strong interpersonal and conflict-management skills.
Number of Open Jobs: 36.5k
Median Base Pay: $208,000*
Skills Needed: Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates. Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements.
*According to the Bureau of Labor StatisticsSee Open Jobs
Number of Open Jobs: 38.7k
Median Base Pay: $177,800
Skills Needed: A chief executive officer (CEO) is the highest-ranking executive in a company, and is responsible for making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and the company. Experience, a success track record, leadership and industry expertise are essentials.
Number of Open Jobs: 30k
Median Base Pay: $53,043
Skills Needed: Police officers play an integral role in maintaining peace and ensuring the safety, so employers will be looking for candidates with advanced communication skills and quick judgment. Come ready to discuss how you would diffuse conflict in an emergency as well as your knowledge of relevant laws.
Number of Open Jobs: 7k
Median Base Pay: $96,519
Skills Needed: In addition to being licensed, attorneys must possess superior oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills; have demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Number of Open Jobs: 10.9k
Median Base Pay: $30,000
Skills Needed: When interviewing for a position as a hair stylist, expect to answer questions about your experience cutting, styling, and coloring hair. You may be asked to discuss any areas of specialty or weakness or how you would sell a product to a client. Because hair salons receive the most business after normal working hours, your interviewer will likely ask time flexibility. Employers will also expect you to be a licensed cosmetologist.
Number of Open Jobs: 52.5k
Median Base Pay: $44,018
Skills Needed: It is important for maintenance workers to have knowledge of common tools and equipment used in construction, maintenance and repair work, basic knowledge of safety precautions and practices in the operation of these common tools and equipment. They usually gain employment in places such as residential or office buildings, hospitals, schools and universities and in hotels as well.
Number of Open Jobs: 55k
Median Base Pay: $73,444
Skills Needed: Employers hiring physical therapists are looking for certified candidates who are knowledgeable about the human body and eager to improve their clients' conditions. Employers want physical therapists who live by the values they instill in the clinic, and leading an active lifestyle will reassure them that you are the right candidate for the job. Any experience working in clinics or with the elderly is a plus.
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Check out a selection of companies (in no particular order) that make work-life balance a top priority and have a Glassdoor work-life balance rating of 4.0 or above over the past year. And, good news, they are all hiring now!View Next Slideshow