Will your job be automated?

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Many food preparation, office administration and transportation jobs will be taken over by machines. Highly creative or technical positions are most likely to prevail, along with personal care and domestic service jobs that require interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, the researchers found.

Low-wage earners will be among the first to see their jobs disappear, since many of their tasks are routine-based. Degrees appear to be a partial shield against robots: more than half of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree are at risk of automation, compared with just a quarter of jobs that do.

These changes are likely to start unfolding soon, Muro said, particularly if we enter a recession. Automation is more quickly adapted during economic downturns when companies look to slash labor costs. The Midwest is especially vulnerable to technological disruption, because jobs there revolve heavily around manufacturing and agriculture. In Kokomo, Indiana, 55 percent of the work could be automated; in Washington, D.C., just 39 percent.

Even though they grew up scrolling on screens, younger people are actually more at risk of automation than older workers. That's because they've over-represented in the food and retail industry, Muro said. If such typically entry-level positions thin out, he added, "it may well make it harder for some to get their first job." Meanwhile, black and Hispanic workers will more acutely feel the employment consequences of automation, with 44 and 47 percent of their jobs at risk, respectively. Just around 40 percent of the jobs performed by white and Asian people are in danger.

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