Artificial intelligence is rapidly altering how we live and how we work. Its impact on the job market is no exception. Survey results released by job search website ZipRecruiter show that 62% of job seekers are concerned that artificial intelligence could not only affect jobs, but derail careers.

A new U.S. White House report on the implications of artificial intelligence technology, including ChatGPT, concludes with “The primary risk of A.I. to the work force is in the general disruption it is likely to cause workers, whether they find that their jobs are newly automated or that their job design has fundamentally changed.”

A study conducted by OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, estimates that AI-powered technologies could seriously affect 19% of jobs in the U.S. “…researchers found that jobs with higher wages – which can involve the worker performing many software-based tasks – could face more exposure to potential disruption from AI-powered chatbots [than other groups].”

Most likely to be replaced

OpenAI researchers catalogued the professions liable to see the greatest level of disruption. Among these were translation professionals, interpretation professionals, creative writing professionals, tax preparers, public relations specialists, mathematicians, blockchain engineers, accountants, auditors and journalists.

This research study did have several limitations, including the fact that there’s an inherent bias in summing up professions based on simple labels in order to describe job tasks. Nonetheless, OpenAI’s researchers continue to expect that ChatGPT-4 and future iterations of the technology will markedly change the way that people work.

In an interview with ABC News, Sam Altman, creator of OpenAI, recently said that he was “a little bit terrified” by what the AI can do.

Least likely to be replaced

While there’s no silver bullet that will save jobs and prevent AI from influencing job losses, here at CyberTalk, we asked ChatGPT about the jobs that are least likely to be replaced in the near-term future and why that would be the case. We found the results interesting and hope that you do too. Is your profession on this ChatGPT-generated list?

Number Job Human’s Advantage
1 Therapists Empathy and emotional intelligence
2 Social workers Ability to connect with and understand human emotions and experiences
3 Teachers Creativity and adaptability in response to different learning styles and student needs
4 Artists Creative thinking, unique perspectives, and personal expression
5 Writers Creativity, originality, and personal voice
6 Journalists Investigative skills, critical thinking, and objective reporting
7 Musicians Emotional expression, improvisation, and personal interpretation of music
8 Athletes Physical skill, agility, and stamina
9 Chefs Creativity, sensory experience, and ability to adapt to individual tastes and preferences
10 Entrepreneurs Risk-taking, innovation, and business acumen
11 Scientists Analytical skills, curiosity, and scientific reasoning
12 Doctors Ability to diagnose and treat complex medical conditions, empathy and bedside manner
13 Nurses Personal care, empathy, and human interaction with patients
14 Emergency responders Quick thinking, problem-solving, and ability to handle high-stress situations
15 Firefighters Physical skill, bravery, and ability to handle dangerous situations
16 Law enforcement officers Critical thinking, judgment, and ability to handle dangerous situations
17 Judges Legal expertise, impartiality, and ability to make complex decisions based on evidence and arguments
18 Politicians Leadership, diplomacy, and ability to represent and advocate for constituents
19 Military personnel Strategic thinking, teamwork, and physical skill
20 Pilots Spatial awareness, decision-making, and ability to operate complex machinery

New jobs associated with ChatGPT

The employment website Indeed.com has reported a 140% increase in mentions of “language model,” a term associated with AI-based writing, across its job postings.

Several job postings aim to attract candidates interested in devising specific types of prompts for ChatGPT. One job posting asks for applicants to include a ChatGPT-generated story that a child might enjoy and the prompt used to generate it.

Other listings seek candidates with a willingness to figure out how to use ChatGPT and related AI tools to create stronger workplace outcomes.

Further (non-ChatGPT generated) thoughts

Generative AI technology might be one of the most short-term anxiety provoking and long-term disruptive technologies seen in the last century. Brilliant, weird, disruptive, a Pandora’s Box – whatever you think of it, the tech is without-a-doubt a big deal.

Discover how to lead through the uncertainty that AI brings to the workforce. Embrace the possibilities and lead with clarity – read article.

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