People Discuss 25 Job Roles They Are Pretty Sure Can’t Be Stolen By AI

Published 4 months ago

With AI coming into the picture, technology has taken a bit of a scary turn. There’s speculation in each of our minds on how this could impact our future careers. After all, this is just the beginning.  We saw how fast the internet took over, how long will it be before AI takes over most of our jobs and we need to seek alternative options?

Recently, the r/AskReddit community discussed jobs they believe are pretty secure from being taken over by AI. Check out their thoughts below. After all, it may come in handy if your office or creative job faces this challenge in the all too near future. 

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#1 Nursing.

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I would do ungodly, unforgivable things for an AI rig that will do my patients’ bowel programs.

#2 Wiping old peoples’ butts in nursing homes. Guaranteed job for life.

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#3 Politics. Because politicians know they are vastly overpaid, and won’t want to lose that.

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#4 Honestly? IT. There’s always going to be something going wrong with computers that are so dumb and unique that AI won’t have any idea how to fix it.

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#5 Regulated professions. If you need a license to do the job, like a lawyer, doctor, architect, or CPA, it cannot legally be automated. And, these groups tend to be pretty influential in politics so they can keep those barriers to entry up.

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#6 Trade jobs (plumbing, electricians, painters, etc).

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Ye. I’m a plumber in Ontario. At this point I can literally quit my job right now via text and have a new one lined up for Monday. No AI or modular homes are taking any work from me.

#7 I’m an aircraft mechanic, I don’t see AI crawling its nonexistent a*s into the belly of an airplane anytime soon.

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#8 Comedians. AI can’t write funny things.

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#9 Maintenance electrician here. My job is.

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There is a new task everyday and nothing of it follows any sort of standard procedure at least for an AI.

It would first need to have a fully functioning body that can work without electricity in tight areas before it could even begin to replace me. And at that point we are either having a big war or universal basic income.

#10 S*x work. We’ve had robot s*x parts for years and human s*x workers still have customers.

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#11 Teacher, especially for younger kids. Parents want their kids learning from a human because there’s important social aspects they must learn.

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Teacher! Sorry but if covid has taught us anything it’s the need for a real person standing in front of these kids. As a teacher for the last 22 years i can tell you that these kids are damaged from remote learning. Turns out much of my job is getting kids to be present in the moment. Not distracted by the window or the kid next to them,not the phones but the material in front of them. Phones (and the ai in it) are making it harder but they need human beings to guide them and train them to gain intellectual endurance. AI will never replace us.

#12 First responders.

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I saw a fire break out once, near my office. It was an old factory where some junkies sometimes gather, so it naturally went up one day. There is a big heavy gate at the entrance of the yard with heavy steel bars and barbed wire. People from aroun the yard tried to open it before the firefighters came, so they had an easier job, but no one could open it, and there is a metalworking factory near it. Angle grinders, saws, nothing could cut it. The junkies used a small hole to get in.


The firefighters came, took out some contraption and took the fire out through one of the windows of the factory. Using the Bernoulli principle. They never entered the yard. The fire raged 20 minutes and was done in 5 minutes after they came. I can’t see a situation where AI is so responsive to really complex situations. Maybe some future AGI, but then we will achieve post scarcity.

#13 I install elevators for a living. We are so, so far away from building any machine that has all the physical abilities to get it done, and just as far from making AI that has the wits it takes to figure out how to even do it. Construction on sites in general, it involves a lot of “figuring it out” and “working with what you have”.

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#14 A fine-dining chef/cook. Sure, you could make a robot that throws ingredients together in a pan, and perhaps even beautifully plate it, but they lack the ability to taste. A cook needs to taste their food to make sure it tastes the way it’s supposed to. Also, we use our ability to smell to reveal if certain foods have gone bad/rancid/rotten. If a human open a tub of chicken, and it smells sour and rotten, you throw it out. AI/robots can’t smell, so might serve rotten food.

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#15 Attorney. There are some things even AI won’t do.

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#16 Artists who draw hands.

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#17 I’m an occupational therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital helping people regain independence with their daily activities. Hard to see AI taking my place in any time in the near or even mid future.

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#18 Professional athlete.

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#19 I think most jobs are safe, which is an unpopular opinion. AI generated content is mediocre at best, and the PR nightmare that follows getting called out on it is a dumpster fire. Maybe in 10-20 years this concept of job security can be revisited. But right now, AI just is quite sub-par at delivery in a non-ideal environment.

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#20 Childcare.

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#21 Engineers. Even when we have AI robot workers, someone will still need to fix the robots.

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#22 I’m biased but being a therapist. It’d be easy to make an AI who does it poorly and unethically. But to make even an alright therapist it would be insanely hard…

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#23 Community work/ social work. The more human you are in this field, the better. No one would tolerate or even bother engaging with an AI.

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#24 CEO / Executives. They’re the ones replacing everyone else with AI while they reap the benefits and relax.

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#25 Dentist.

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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