5 Medical Careers That Won’t Be Replaced by AI

Have you ever wondered what jobs are susceptible to artificial intelligence (AI)? A recent World Economic Forum study found that by the year 2020, more than 5 million jobs in 15 countries will be lost to automation. The more a company can develop routine tasks, the more likely a field will suffer job losses.

Sadly, you’d think that people as important as doctors would be immune to AI, but, nothing could be further from the truth. AI-powered robots are already more competent than most doctors, being able to provide accurate diagnosis, and ai-powered surgery robots have started surfacing. There are however, a few careers that are safe and in this article we’ll explore them. Here are five medical careers that won’t be replaced by AI.

1. Occupational Therapists (Median Income $83,200)

Occupational TherapistThe role of occupational therapists in health care is to work directly with disabled, injured and ill patients for a full mind and body wellness experience which a robot would be unable to fill. It is also a field dependent on perception and keen observation of signs and symptoms. While robots would accentuate the role of an occupational therapist because of their abilities to analyze clinical data, students who undergo an Occupational Therapy Program receive the right type of hands-on experience to fill the role correctly.  

2. Psychiatrists ($174,722)

PsychiatristMental health is about more than what Hollywood perceives it to be. Indeed, Hollywood would never capture a robot listening intently to a patient as he or she talks about life lessons which are explains why psychiatrists are safe from AI. Most especially because a person’s mental health is dependent on cognition functioning, a robot would not have the life skills, insight or know-how to offer advice or foresee the future needs of patients.

3. Physicians ($141,358)

physicianRobots can do many things, including taking in environmental variables, patient history and medical data, but it does not qualify them to work as physicians. They also lack the critical skills that make a good doctor excel in the workplace and support patient well-being. While there is a debate over if artificial intelligence can outwit doctors, one would counter-argue that it is not the knowledge factor that makes a doctor-patient relationship work. The partnership exists because it leads to more accurate diagnoses.

4. Dentists ($133,738)

dentistWould you let a robot perform dentistry? Most likely not which is why it is another field that won’t suffer from artificial intelligence. After a robotic dentist in China successfully performed these duties, it had people asking what if it was possible. While technology has for a long time assisted dentists in analysis and diagnosis, dentistry requires human interaction and analysis to perform tasks and create a unique dental treatment plan.

Although the Chinese AI robot was a success, it’ll take some time for society to accept the idea of having a robot perform their tasks. The reason being that dentistry is a more social interaction than you’d expect. The cliche of a dentist talking to you while you have 40 tools in your mouth is really what’s protecting the dental industry.

5. Registered Nurse ($66,826)

Registered NurseRegistered nurses, perhaps, perform the most difficult tasks in medical facilities. They are responsible for total patient care, physician order fulfillment and employee oversight. Would a robot have the know-how to perform all of these duties? Would employees listen to a robot? The truth is that maybe. But what protects RNs from AI is the social and comforting interactions that only a human could provide.

For nurses, it is not a question of replacement but how this technological advancement will assist them better to fulfill their critical health care duties.

If you are looking for a career that won’t cause massive job losses, the medical field is the right choice. Patients rely heavily on the one-on-one care that the health care community provides.

Conclusion

AI can replace everything except human interaction and social skills. Career fields that require social intelligence will remain safe from automation, at least until society starts accepting AI into social fields. Although the AI revolution may sound like a bad thing, the positives are that they’ll be providing higher quality services, with lower failure rates and thus saving and helping more lives.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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