4 Careers AI Cannot Replace

Nowadays, AI applications and robots play an essential role in the professional workplace. However, while the use of technology helps human agents to improve their efficiency and productivity, it also has gradually replaced human positions. For instance, customer service agents and receptionists. To learn about AI and automation, this AITJ article: 5 Jobs That AI Is Likely to Automate in the Coming Years, is a good reference. 

Moreover, there is no doubt that the automation trend powered by AI applications threatens human employees, making people start to worry that technology will take their jobs. In fact, the trend of AI-based software and AI-enabled robots replacing human labor is getting increasingly popular. According to Fortune, robots will replace over 40% of jobs in the following 15 years

However, even though the worry is not baseless, it doesn’t mean we need to panic about the situation. Currently, AI applications and robots are mostly taking care of the labor-based and time-consuming jobs, and leaving the decision-driven and knowledge-based jobs to human agents, especially when the jobs are related to culture, creativity, and leadership

The following article will list 5 careers that AI cannot replace in the near future. 


Today, translation software is becoming increasingly popular throughout personal, professional, and academic domains. For many people, translation software brings huge convenience for their daily use. For example, technology can help employees translate international contracts, help international students to understand difficult essays, and help audiences to enjoy foreign films. To know more about how AI interacts with translation, this AITJ article: How AI Improves Translations, will be a good reference. 

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However, the popularity of translation software makes people worry: does the popularity of translation software result in the disappearance of career translators? 

Well, the answer is no. In fact, the shortcoming of translation software is obvious: it cannot promise accuracy. Grammar mistakes and problems of sentence fluency frequently happen in machine translations. Conversely, human translators are more reliable since they are more flexible in word choices, knowledgeable about culture, and responsible for accuracy

Furthermore, the translators who work for conferences, what we call interpreters, are even harder to be replaced. Compared with regular translators, interpreters are more skillful in interpersonal communications and working in professional occasions. More importantly, the human warmth and passion they express through their interpretations can not be replaced by machines.   


Writing is a creative process. For each writer, the content they generate is unique. The creativity and way of writing are related to authors’ personal experience and understanding of cultures, and this cannot be learned or copied by machines and AI. 

In addition to the uniqueness of human writings, another character that AI cannot imitate is the emotions expressed through the texts. For academic writings or scientific research, AI can play a significant role since it is highly efficient in collecting and analyzing data. However, when it comes to literature writing, human writers will be critical because they can empower their texts with lived human experiences

Thus, we should value the hard work and contributions of writers. They are using their talent, knowledge, and passion to show us what our world is, spiritually. 

Chief Executives 

Chief executives possess a core character which is hard for AI to develop but is significant in the workplace: leadership. A highly qualified chief executive is not only well-educated with profound knowledge of technology and business, but also has a unique insight into talent management and corporate development.  

We always say that success cannot be copied, and this saying also explains the importance of chief executives. Certainly, there are some common characteristics of successful business leaders, such as intelligence, work ethic, and talent, but the structure of their leadership and how they make decisions are unique. 

The unique perspectives of chief executives come from their individual experiences, which are hard for AI to simulate. Thus, the current intelligence level of AI cannot replace the existence of chief executives and their leadership styles. That is also why the human leader should always be the one who makes final decisions, no matter how smart the machines are. 


The scientist is another career that AI cannot replace. As the inventors of AI and machines, scientists are like AI’s fathers and teachers. Without them, AI cannot be born and used in human society. Furthermore, scientists also contribute themselves to supervising AI applications, identifying technical problems, improving machines’ efficacy, and discovering technology’s ethical issues

Scientists are the group of people that represents the highest education level and highest intelligence in human society. With the further development of technology, AI-based software, and AI-based robots will become the best assistants for scientists, but they cannot yet fully replace human intelligence


Yifei Zhao graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is passionate about content writing and helping to build partnerships to promote how AI brings benefits and interacts with human society.

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Contributor Yifei Zhao graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is passionate about content writing and helping to build partnerships to promote how AI brings benefits and interacts with human society.

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