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The jobs AI will take over first

There has been a lot of talk about the future of robotics and artificial intelligence; some good and some bad. Will AI make our lives easier in the future? Will we be able to achieve more with robotics? Will robots be taking our jobs…? It seems as though that question has already been answered by experts around the globe. Yes, AI will take over human jobs to some extent. However, which jobs will the robots take first?

A third of jobs

Back in July 2018, a report was published that estimated one-third of American jobs could become automated by 2030. More recently, PWC research was released that shows 30% of jobs in Britain are also under threat by 2030. It seems as though, in most developed countries around the world, around a third of all jobs could be taken by robots in the future.

However, what does this mean for us all? Will our jobs be under threat by artificial intelligence? It seems as though some industries are going to be harder hit than others.

The hardest hit

In an infographic on RS Components, it’s clear to see which jobs in certain sectors are at high risk of being taken over by robots. Transportation and storage tops the list, with an estimated 56% of jobs at risk by 2030. That means that over half of all jobs in this industry is under threat from advancements in artificial intelligence.

Manufacturing is second on the list, although this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. With every new advancement in technology, it seems as though one of the hardest hit industries is always manufacturing. Interestingly, retail and wholesale are next, with 44% of jobs at risk. The rise of the self-service checkout may play a factor in many retail workers losing their jobs.

The safest roles

Luckily, there are some sectors which look to be less affected by the rise of AI than others. Education is right at the bottom of the list, with an estimated 9% of jobs at risk in the future. It seems as though no one is too keen to replace teachers with robots any time soon.

Health and social work also has quite a low percentage, although perhaps not as low as one would assume. 17% of jobs are at risk by 2030, but can we really replace human doctors with robot ones? It does seem like the more human interaction we expect from a particular sector, the less likely it is going to be replaced by artificial intelligence.

While some of these numbers do seem self-explanatory, there are a few figures on there which may surprise you. For example, nearly a quarter of all jobs in the arts and entertainment industry are under threat by advancements in AI. Perhaps our favorite actors and authors will soon be replaced by robots.

Of course, we’ll also see a number of new roles taking center stage in the future, particularly when it comes to building, coding, and maintaining these robots. So, perhaps it’s time to consider studying for that robotics degree after all. What do you make of it all? Are you surprised by some of the facts and figures? Do feel free to comment and share.

Note: This is a guest blog by Mark Gray, who is a writer with a passion for technology and dystopian futures