Top 10 careers that will survive the age of artificial intelligence

robocalypse Increasing unemployment in the age of A.I. is an unfortunate reality. If you want to survive the robot revolution, you may need to rethink the direction of your career. Fortunately, jobs that require creativity, emotional intelligence, and cognitive skills will survive the invasion.1 The theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, has explained that artificial intelligence lacks common sense and pattern recognition; “robots don’t understand the simplest things about human behaviour.”2 This means that while repetitive and manual jobs are likely to be dominated by robots in the future, jobs that require emotional intelligence or that are “non-repetitive” will remain available for human beings.

Here is a list of top 10 careers that will likely survive the age of artificial intelligence


This job requires high emotional intelligence which robots cannot offer. It is also considered a high paying job with a salary range between $55,731 and $301,378.3 If you are looking for a high paying job that will survive in the future, consider becoming a psychiatrist.


Therapists need to have strong social and communication skills, the ability to critically think, and empathy to understand people’s emotion and experiences. This job isn’t easily replaced by the robotic workforce. So, if you are planning to become a therapist, your job will be safe in the future. The pay for this job ranges between $45,597 and $92,200.3


Physicians are required to have a high level of cognitive skill and emotional intelligence, which robots lack. Although becoming a doctor is not easy, this job is in high demand. It offers an attractive salary between $48,067 to $234,649.3 Although hospitals are starting to use surgical robots to help perform surgical operations, it isn’t likely that doctors will be completely replaced by robots. Thus, this job will likely survive in the future.

Registered Nurse

Would you rather be treated by a nurse or a robot? You would probably say a nurse because nurses can offer emotional support which, sadly, robots can’t do. Also, nurses earn well between $45,677 Cdn and $87,976 Cdn,3 which is more than enough to live comfortably.


It is reported by South China Morning Post that a robot dentist has successfully performed implant surgery.4 Although robots can do surgical operations, it is still in question whether they can make certain complex surgical decisions. Just like doctors, dentists are required to have cognitive skills and emotional intelligence. Thus, this job will likely still be available for humans in the future. Dentists are highly paid and make a salary between $53,805 and $213,671.3

University Professors

Robots are commonly used in classrooms as learning tools, which may make people worry that robots will replace teachers in the next 10 to 20 years. Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, has mentioned the possibility of automated teaching in the future. This means that A.I., while effectively reducing a teacher’s work load, will also reduce the demand for teachers.5 That having been said, it is less likely that robots will replace university professors because instruction at higher levels demands a high level of cognitive ability as well as, in many fields (like the arts), a good emotional fluency. After all, students need to learn from university professors to build robots. University professors also earn well between $39,036 and $114,400.3

Computer Systems Analysts

More and more companies are using A.I. and robots to do jobs. If you are afraid your job will be replaced by robots, invest more in education. Studying computer systems may save your future by becoming a computer systems analyst. Computer Systems Analysts are in high demand with a salary range between $32,973 and $90,050.3 Computer Systems Analysts work to understand, change, rebuild, and improve the technological systems that may be used in robots. Thus, this job won’t likely be affected by the coming robot invasion.

Robotics Engineers and Technicians

These careers will survive in the future. After all, you need engineers and technicians to create, improve and maintain robots. Otherwise, who’s going to fix the robots?

Mechanical Engineers and Technicians

Just like robotics engineers and technicians, mechanical engineers and technicians will be safe in the upcoming robopocalypse. Mechanical Engineers and Technicians can expect to earn $30,975 to $96,210.3

Police officers

Robots chasing criminals may not be a strange thing to picture in the future. Although this job isn’t likely to be replaced completely by robots, robots will surely make the work easier for humans. Police officers will still be needed to thoroughly investigate those that commit an offence. Thus, this job will likely survive in the next 10 to 20 years.

These are top jobs that will likely survive in the future. Remember, these are just what experts predicted; things can always change.

What do you think about the upcoming robopocalypse? Are you ready to compete with robots? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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[1] Financial Times
[2] Big Think [video]
[3] workopolis
[4] South China Morning Post
[5] The Telegraph