It’s also becoming easier than ever for people to get educated in robotics and AI by attending universities that offer majors in those subjects. People who appreciate understanding how things work and how technology can increase output may find they’re excellent candidates for such educational opportunities.

Experts say that AI, in particular, requires a higher-level skill set than some STEM programs teach. But, if people are serious about becoming proficient in robotics and AI, that extra training could pay off through substantial future earnings.

5. There Will Be More Ways for Humans to Get Help From Robots

Cobots are robots that work safely next to humans. They have sensors that keep them from moving too fast around people, and generally, boost the capabilities of humans by helping people finish work more quickly with fewer errors. In 2019, people can expect to see more instances of companies turning to cobots to empower their workforces.

As companies continue to evaluate applications for cobots, they will continue to explore ways to increase output and quality without replacing humans. Some cobots are connected in the cloud and can be synced with each other to perform tasks across distances simultaneously.

Robotic exoskeletons also exist, which humans wear to help them handle tasks that require lifting or other kinds of movement. In 2019, a division of the U.S Army will continue testing a knee-and-hip-based exoskeleton that assists soldiers with moving around battlefields and handling loads.

These examples emphasize why 2019 will be a year when people see more examples of how robots can make things easier for humans, not replace them.

6. AI Will Make Looking for Work Less of a Hassle

Although some people feel excited by the idea of looking for new jobs, the activity can quickly become tiresome — especially as people waste their time coming across too many positions that aren’t suitable for them. Developers have recently begun offering AI technology to aid job seekers that looks for possibilities and encourages individuals to apply.

Eightfold is an AI-based platform featuring a chatbot that asks candidates about their backgrounds and then matches them with appropriate positions. Representatives from Eightfold say this process reduces the time to interview by 80 percent, as well as cuts down on hiring costs.

The time spent waiting to hear back about an application can be nerve-wracking. The AI technology in Eightfold and tools like it could result in less waiting, giving people the clarity they need to decide whether to continue searching or get ready for their interviews.

These Technologies Will Motivate Future Progress

Although it’s not possible to know all the changes that will happen in 2019 and affect the labor market, this list highlights why AI and robots will be at the forefront.

Together, they could forever reshape and enhance how people get things done.