Higher level careers aren't safe; they are just SAFER than the others. See the apocryphal John Henry vs the engineers to developed the steam drill. Even if JH wasn't a real person, the people who did his job had to learn skills to run the steam drills or take lower paying wages b/c a machine obsoleted their jobs. The folks who did the design work kept working even if the work of 10 laborers could now be done with 5 + a machine.How do you know higher level careers won’t be replaced by AI? I see absolutely no reason engineering and science is safe.
Personally, I simply refuse to use self checkout or those kiosks at fast food places. It’s even not convenient, scanning and bagging my own groceries? I should get paid for doing that! And there’s always an item that just won’t scan, which necessitates an employee to assist anyway. I don’t know where people are expected to get “experience” when all these jobs disappear. Automation and AI is creating nothing but an uphill slog for coming generations, with absolutely trivial benefits to us at the present.
Even outside of STEM careers, some jobs will be harder to automate and/or demand will remain even if the basic tasks will be automated. For example, a classically trained cuisine chef (sushi/french/whatever) will stay in demand long after a robot replaces a line cook/dishwasher; not that I think that culinary schools are worth the money BUT the skills will be worth money.