Robot-Resistant College Majors

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Technology will impact some 60 percent of all occupations. For professionals in these jobs, 30 percent or more of their activities will be automated over the next several years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           —McKinsey Report, July 2016


If self-made billionaire Mark Cuban was starting college right now, he’d choose philosophy as his major over accounting.

That’s because he strongly believes artificial intelligence will automate many jobs involving technical tasks, such as an accountant’s. Jobs that rely more on personal judgement, critical thinking and creativity — skills more often associated with a liberal arts degree — are less at risk, he says.  “Knowing how to critically think and assess them from a global perspective I think is going to be more valuable,” Cuban said.

While liberal arts majors such as philosophy, sociology or English have been deemed some of the worst in terms of job prospects, Cuban says that they will be more valuable in the future.  “I think that Mark Cuban is right,” Jonathan Rosenberg, Google exec, tells CNBC. “We need more traditional liberal arts grads.”

Jobs that require strong cognitive abilities and analytical thinking will be very difficult to replace with Artificial Intelligence, according to the Google exec.  “I tell people to follow their passion, even if it’s in something that doesn’t have an obvious job prospect,” Rosenberg says, “but teaches you how to think.”  Jobs that require high levels of creativity or people management are the least at risk, the McKinsey report says.

At Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school and adult education center, graduates are offered privately funded Salt Lake Community College scholarships for first, School of Applied Technology professional certificates, which provide skills with middle class wages, that are largely Robot Resistant.  Careers in health care, professional services (ie plumbing, heating, air conditioning) can be begun while continuing to an associate degree.  Gain a skill, start a business and learn how to creatively think.


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