How to Not Get Automated Out of Your Job

Amanda Claypool
6 min readAug 9, 2023
Photo by Lenny Kuhne on Unsplash

When you think of automation what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

A robot taking your job of course!

While that’s the popular belief it’s not quite going to play out like that.

In reality, automation is going to be an incremental decline in the demand for human labor in certain industries. A robot isn’t necessarily going to eliminate your job but it will likely make the work you’re doing increasingly redundant and thus unnecessary.

The good news is new jobs are going to be created from automation. Robots, after all, need humans to tend to them.

But there’s bad news too: fewer workers will be required to tend to those robots.

If you like your job and want to keep it, you’re going to need to position yourself to be one of the chosen few who get to tend to the robotic workforce of tomorrow.

This essay is going to explore how automation is taking shape. It will offer practical ideas for you to consider so you can get ahead of the competition.

At first, employers will automate more. Then they’ll hire less.

One of the biggest fears about automation is that it is going to take your job. It’s not a matter of if that happens but when. Just ask a switchboard operator.

Before your job fully disappears employers first have to put the systems in place to eliminate it. That means they’ll have to procure automated tools, learn the software needed to run those tools, and integrate everything into existing operational workflows. This is going to take some time.

While it might seem counterintuitive, time is actually your biggest asset right now. You know your job is eventually going to disappear so now you have time to prepare for it. Fortunately, there are signals in the market telling you where automation is already underway and how it is being implemented.

Market movers are making decisions right now that will force others to automate sooner rather than later. Walmart, for example, has already begun the process of converting its warehouses into automated facilities. Companies that want to stay competitive will have to follow Walmart’s lead and…

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Amanda Claypool

I’m a writer & strategy consultant musing about the future of the world as it’s unfolding. Stay ahead of the curve: https://amandaclaypool.ck.page/reading-list