A study has analyzed which jobs are in danger due to ChatGPT, an AI-powered conversational agent. The study compared the job market to the 19th-century Luddism movement, where workers destroyed machinery because they believed it would take their jobs. With the advent of conversational AI like ChatGPT, people are once again wondering if they will lose their jobs to machines.
Here are the 20 jobs most at risk:
- Genetic counselors.
- Financial analysts.
- Sales representatives.
- Judges, magistrates.
- Accountants and auditors.
- Legal analysts.
- Education workers (administration, not teachers).
- School psychologists, counselors.
- Financial managers.
- Labor analysts.
- University-level History teachers.
- Bank workers.
- Management analysts.
- Arbitrators and mediators.
A study conducted by Ed Felten (Princeton), Manav Raj (University of Pennsylvania), and Robert Seamans (New York University) in 2022 found that teachers are the most affected profession in the day-to-day learning of conversational AI. All teachers and all humanities and social science positions are at risk.
However, the study’s authors noted that it is not clear whether conversational AI could replace teachers entirely, given that the job requires a high degree of empathy. While certain professions in the service sector, such as accounting and management, may be more easily automated, it is difficult to predict how technology will affect specific jobs.
The study’s authors emphasized that these jobs may not disappear entirely but will likely be heavily impacted by the arrival of conversational AI. Teachers of History, for instance, may not lose their jobs but will have to adapt to the technology’s use in education.
In conclusion, it is essential to approach predictions with skepticism and remember that the economy is unpredictable. While the jobs mentioned may be vulnerable to AI, it is not guaranteed that they will disappear. It is crucial to monitor the use of AI, and humans must supervise these systems, given that they will have significant issues for the foreseeable future.