Will Robots Steal Your Job?

Will Robots Steal Your Job?

Most Vulnerable Jobs

Most Vulnerable Jobs

More than a third of current jobs in the world are at high risk of computerization over the following two decades. In 2013, University of Oxford researchers Michael A. Osborne and Carl Benedikt Frey predicted that 47 percent of total jobs in the United States risked being automated and taken over by smart machines by 2033. They had studied the impact of robotics on employment for several years and finally found out that technology could have huge consequences not just for the blue-collar positions, but for the white-collars as well. Almost nothing is impervious to automation. This means that employees on the knowledge-based jobs that were supposed to be irreplaceable by robots actually could be replaced.

Over the past decades, machines and programs have already substituted for a large number of jobs, including the functions of cashiers, bookkeepers, and shelf fillers. And deep automation will touch all kinds of jobs, from manual labor to mental work. It is clear that certain aspects of a job are simpler to automate than others. For example, while sales jobs that do not necessarily need a high level of social intelligence like telephone salespersons, typists, financial account managers, and bank clerks will most likely vanish with up to 90 percent probability.

On the other hand, Osborne and Fray believe that psychologists, nurses, and social workers should not worry, as well as creative workers. At least, for now, until robots “learn” to empathize and generate original ideas.

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