The Future of “AI” and Skilled Trades

If you have been paying attention, we have all read about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) as well as the labor shortage in the skilled trades and how they might coincide with each other. We’ve all heard the doom and gloom theory’s of how AI will replace those workers and eliminate their jobs forever. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The future of the American Skilled Trades workers is bright, and with the implementation of AI in the workplace, it is only getting brighter! Artificial Intelligence is creating a boom of more skilled trades jobs, not less, all while making the environments these folks work in more productive, safe, and efficient.

The future of skilled trades is not about humans versus machines, but a collaborative environment where experienced professionals and intelligent machines work together. AI can handle repetitive tasks, freeing up trade workers to focus on problem-solving, complex repairs, client communication, and strategic planning, just to name a few.

The ways Artificial intelligence is increasingly impacting skilled trades jobs should not go unnoticed to prospective students and future job seekers as it is bringing both opportunities and challenges. Here are some of the challenges and things to consider when you decide which path best suits your skill set:

Challenges and Considerations:

  • Job Displacement: Automation and AI could potentially displace certain jobs, particularly those involving repetitive tasks. However, new roles may emerge that require oversight and maintenance of AI systems.
  • Skill Shifts: Workers will need to adapt by acquiring new skills to work alongside AI, focusing more on problem-solving, creativity, and technical expertise.
  • Cost of Implementation: The initial investment in AI technology can be high, which may be a barrier for smaller businesses so you may want to think about what size company you would like to work for.
  • Data Privacy and Security: The increased use of AI involves handling vast amounts of data, raising concerns about privacy and security that need to be addressed. Are you good with technology? algorithms? programming?

Overall, while AI presents significant opportunities to enhance the efficiency, quality, and safety of skilled trades jobs, it also requires careful management of its implementation to address the associated challenges and ensure a positive impact on the workforce. We fully believe the skilled trades industry will be one of the longest standing and safest careers to pursue while the world implements AI into everyday life…not to mention wages continue to rise significantly for these important skills!

If you are looking for a new opportunity in the skilled trades, or want to learn more about how to get started in the skilled trades- reach out to one of our Recruiters at Cornerstone Recruiting and let us help you! Visit us here:

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