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Tips For Choosing A College Major That Is Less Likely To Be Automated

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One of the main fears that many people have is that their jobs will be automated in the future. The reason for this is that it is cheaper to have machines do jobs that humans could otherwise do, which would drive up a company's profits. As a result, getting a job that will either take a long time to be automated or that is impossible to automate is coming into play when students at colleges and universities are choosing their majors. If this is a concern that you have, you might not know exactly which majors are less likely to be automated. Here are some career groups that you should consider. 

1. Any Field That Creates and Works With Robots

The first and most obvious group of careers that you could join to help your job from being automated in the first place is any field that creates or works closely with robots while simultaneously controlling them. These fields include computer scientists, which write the code that programs the robots, engineers that tend to manage the robots that they work with while never being replaced themselves, and mathematicians, whose work is used to further develop what robots can do and sets guidelines for the information that robots have. All of these jobs are extremely difficult to automate due to the fact that they are the ones that robot creation and usage depend on.

2. Any Creative Field

The next thing that you need to look at is any field that involves artistic creation. This includes painting, sculpture, writing, and performing arts. The reason why these jobs will never be automated is because robots cannot be truly creative. They can just follow their programming. Going into these majors may not be as lucrative as going into the engineering, math, and computing majors discussed above, but there is currently no way to automate artistic creation and there likely won't be for a many years.

3. Any Field Whose Duties Are Radically Different Day to Day

Finally, going into any major whose related careers involve radically different duties from day to day are good bets due to the fact that robots can usually do only a few clearly defined tasks. Any jobs that require flexibility and problem solving will usually not be automated, at least not for a long time.

Talk to your guidance counselor for estimates about potential work flow automation in your chosen career.