What is interesting is that artificial intelligence systems will take the work of college educated people , I estimate within 10 to 20 years. A cognitive therapy psychologist ai is being trained now and apparently being effective.
What can be automated will be automated and ai techniques have really really improved over the past decades. That means they can be trained to do things that in the past were considered too complex or too “artful not logical” for machine learning.
Knowledge workers ..supposedly safe…will be facing similar challenges as the Applachians you mention do