The Technological Jobs Apocalypse is coming, How Safe is Your Job?

The Technological Jobs Apocalypse is coming, How Safe is Your Job?

Those who dismiss the technological jobs apocalypse as hysteria are in for a rude awakening. Brookings Institute researchers estimate 61% of American workers face a serious risk of technological unemployment with a decade.

“By 2030, some 25 percent of U.S. employment will have experienced high exposure to automation, while another 36 percent of U.S. employment will experience medium exposure, and another 39 percent will experience low exposure,” a Brookings press release states. The release is for Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places a report Brookings released on 24 January 2019.

If Brookings’ data is correct one out of four American workers faces a high risk of technological unemployment.

Technological Unemployment How Safe is Your Job?

The most frightening aspect of Brookings’ report is an interactive feature that shows how vulnerable specific jobs are to automation. Disturbingly, technology is most likely to delete the positions held by the poorest and least-educated.

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders – 100%.

  • Food Preparation Workers – 91.4%
  • Waiters and Waitresses – 76.9%
  • Dishwashers – 85.6%
  • Paperhangers – 84.7%
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians – 77.2%
  • Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators – 93.7%
  • Word Processors and Typists  – 90.4%
  • Billing and Posting Clerks – 87.6%
  • Data Entry Keyers – 86.5%
  • Bookkeeping Accounting, and Auditing Clerks – 85.6%
  • Postal Workers – 80.1%
  • Legal Secretaries – 77.9%
  • All Other Office and Administrative Workers – 72.5%
  • Crane and Tower Operators – 84.5%
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators – 82.1%
  • Heavy and Tractor Trail Truck Drivers – 81.4%
  • Packers and Packagers -79.5%
  • Restaurant Cooks – 84%
  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers – 85.4%
  • Driver/Sales Workers – 81.4%
  • Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers – 78.2%
  • School Bus Drivers – 77.7%
  • Subway and Streetcar Operators – 94.5%
  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers – 88%
  • Tire Repairers and Changers – 92.1%
  • Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers – 85.4%
  • Industrial Truck and Track Operators – 91.7%
  • Agriculture Equipment Operators – 84.1%
  • Pharmacy Technicians – 70.1%
  • Parts Salespersons – 84.5%
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants – 69.2%
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians – 64.1%
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