Future-Proofing Your Career: Strategies for Engineers in the Age of AI

“Designed in California” was an early warning.

Travis Hubbard


“A van Gogh style painting of a Roman gladiator fighting a robot from the future”
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Are you worried about job security in the era of AI?

I spend an hour a day doomscrolling Twitter, and lately, my feed is consumed with:

ChatGPT is going to replace us all!

We’re doomed.

Or are we?

Either way, it got me thinking about jobs, specifically systems and software engineering jobs, that can’t be replaced by AI.

Future Proof?

Future-proofing your career is the key to staying relevant in the tech industry. In simple terms, future-proofing means taking steps to protect your job from becoming obsolete due to technological advancements.

Why is future-proofing important? Because AI is taking over routine jobs in every industry, causing traditional job roles to evolve and shift.

In this article, I’ll dive into what I think are AI-proof jobs in software development and systems engineering that will keep you relevant and earning the big bucks for years to come.

What makes an engineer “AI Proof”?

As more companies embrace artificial intelligence (AI), there’s a growing concern that AI-enhanced tools will replace human talent entirely.

Being an AI-proof engineer requires skills and knowledge beyond technical expertise.

The ability to think creatively and critically is necessary to analyze and solve complex problems.

Collaboration and communication skills are essential for successful teamwork and project management.

Problem-solving skills are also critical for creating innovative solutions to technical challenges.

Finally, continuous learning is essential for keeping up with the rapid advancements in technology. By continuously developing these skills and knowledge, software engineers can future-proof their careers and remain invaluable to the industry.

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Travis Hubbard

Developer, writer, digital alchemist. 30 years in software. MEng Stevens.