Jobs that Will be Most Affected by Automation

Jobs that Will be Most Affected by Automation

Technology is a great thing. It has, and will continue to lead to great changes in this world. Technology is taking the medical sector forward in great leaps and bounds and it’s also impacting on our social lives. But for some, these advancements are something to be concerned about as they are increasingly worried that they will lose their jobs to automation and machinery.

This is a very real threat, and while jobs will always be needed (someone needs to create, monitor and maintain those machines and processors after all) the increasing population an decreasing need for specific jobs will almost certainly create a few issues. Some are more at risk than others though. A personal injury lawyer, artist or model probably isn’t at risk, but the same can’t be said for the following:

Manufacturing

This is a no-brainer. If a job is repetitive and requires an easily learned skill, or no skill at all, then it is highly at risk. The world has experienced these concerns ever since the Industrial Revolution, as a human workforce gradually gave way to a machine one, but it’s only going to become even more machine-focused.

As things stand, humans are needed for certain production line jobs, but the vast majority are done by machine and before long we’ll reach a point where even the maintenance and supervision can be performed by a machine, with many factories run by a single worker or two.

The Service Industry

It’s nice to be served a home cooked meal with a smile, but it’s very expensive for companies to operate restaurants and pay all those wages while trying to keep track of perishable goods. There are already robots that can make and flip burgers and there are also restaurants in Japan where the servers are robots, or where all orders or placed directly into a machine and then collected by hand.

We will likely still need someone to serve as a bridge between kitchen and restaurant floor, but it seems inevitable that the future of the food industry is an automated one.

Transport

Thanks to underground train networks, the transport sector is already highly automated, but there are still thousands of taxis, rickshaws and more in circulation around the world. These could become obsolete with the creation of underground and overground transport networks, including high-speed aboveground pipe networks that are currently in development.

Sales

The sales industry has changed drastically over the last few years. At one point, the internet actually helped to create more sales jobs, as people refused to place orders online, thus facilitating the creation of sales centers where an employee’s sole job was to take orders by the phone. These days, however, there are a handful of people woking for most small to medium businesses. Orders are automated and fed through to fulfillment centers where a small team of employees are tasked with sending them.

Some companies even automate this process and are able to pack and ship a product without any input from humans. These systems are rare and they don’t work for all companies, but they are the future and that future is entirely automated.

Even the customer support staff is heading this way and the tech is getting so advanced that even now many customers using certain Live Chat facilities don’t realize they are talking to a bot.

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