Social workers and preschool teachers are considered safest from the automation revolution.
Automation is no longer a thing of the future. Robots and automated systems are alrady doing many of the jobs humans previously did, and scientists are working daily to create new automated systems to take over other tasks.
If automation has already taken over telemarketing, and is in the process of taking over driving and giving financial advice, what jobs are safe from the future?
National Public Radio’s Planet Money department decided to find out. Using data from The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization? by authors Quoctrung Bui and Christopher Groskopf, NPR came up with some answers.
The book asked these questions about current jobs, with an eye toward those that cannot be replaced by automation. For instance:
Do you need to come up with clever solutions to problems?
Are you required to personally help others?
Does your job require you to squeeze into tight spaces?
Does your job require negotiation?
There were five other questions asked about specific jobs in the book, and from those, Planet Money came up with the list of jobs most likely to be occupied by automation:
Telemarketers: 99 percent change of being automated.
Sports umpires and referees: 98.3 percent.
Cooks: 96.3 percent.
Manicurists and pedicurists: 94.5 percent.
Roofers: 89.7 percent.
Janitors: 66.3 percent.
Massage therapists: 54.1 percent.
Programmers: 48.1 percent.
Historians: 43.9 percent.
Judges: 40.1 percent.
So what jobs are safe, according to the book? Mental health and substance abuse social workers who must connect with those in need are not likely to be replaced by automation any time soon. Foresters and preschool teachers are also less than 1 percent likely to have their job replaced by automation in the next 15 years.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.