There is an extreme likelihood that robots will take over just about every person’s job, unless people have one of those jobs that can survive the invasion. There are some jobs that robots will never ever be qualified to do, although never ever may be wishful thinking.
According to The Economist’s Tech Chart, the first jobs to go to robots within the next twenty years will be telemarketing jobs. This will be followed closely by jobs for accountants and auditors. Retail sales positions are in danger as well. All of these positions have at least a 90 percent chance of being handed over to the robots.
Tech writers, word processors and typists, along with real estate agents, will be close behind the first group. They have an 80 percent chance of robots taking over their jobs. The next group consists of professional machinists, commercial pilots and economists. There is over a 43 percent chance that those jobs will vanish from humans and go to robots.
It seems that unless a person’s employment is in one of the following groups, robots will be able to take over every job available. Health technologists, firefighters and some actors’ jobs are safe. These have less than a 40 percent chance of being replaced, and the outlook for other jobs gets even better.
Editors, chemical engineers and clergy are especially safe, with a less than ten percent chance of being replaced. The safest jobs to have in twenty years will be athletic trainers, dentists and recreational therapists.
The jobs that will be the first ones taken over by robots are the ones that companies could benefit the most from. They want the robots to perform faster, better and stronger, and the robots could step up to these positions without the need for a lunch break or time off of work for any reason. The companies would make more money as robots would be capable of working day and night, all week through.
Some jobs have already been rendered obsolete or are on their way out. It would not be unusual to see a robot stocking shelves in a retail store. The robots are already helping by providing self check-outs and directing a customer through a robot voice and telling them just how to use the machines. Movies can be rented through automated systems as well. There are even cars that can drive themselves.
Robots can be seen in various manufacturing facilities across the globe. In Australia, a robot built for welding was installed on a production line. The productivity rose by sixty percent. In Japan, industrial robots have helped in unwanted jobs in factories as well as uninspiring manufacturing job positions. General Motors has the distinction of having the type of robot they used on their assembly line, the Unimate, inducted into The Robot Hall of Fame.
Robots could be working side by side with humans in many instances. There are some job positions on the graph that robots will be able to take over completely, unless people can figure out a way to convince companies that humans are just as good as the robots. The one thing no one ever wants to see is a robot handing out the pink slips.
by Saki Kahala