Remember in the movies where we see robots, machines, and computer programs actually doing most of the human jobs both at home and work? Well, this may not be limited to movies alone, as they are gradually being brought into reality. Technology is rapidly advancing and cutting across almost every field of study or career choices, and there’s a good chance that people in lines of professions that tends towards automation to enable their work to be done cheaper and faster may be out of jobs pretty soon.
A study by NPR shows us the probability that your job could be among those to be automated. Their research took a wide spectrum of jobs into consideration and evaluated them based on six probable characteristics – among them are the four most significant factors that includes whether your job needs a clever solution, if your job would require you to directly help others, if it requires negotiation, whether or not it can fit into smaller spaces. Although the study admits that these approximations are rough and probably far-fetched from scientific proofs, however, it’s a decent indicator to serve as a warning to possible career paths that would in no distant future be open to humans.
Below are six jobs most likely to be taken over by robots, chances of automation and median annual salary.
- Telemarketer – 99% ($34,522)
With prevalent automated systems in IT industries and the rising amount of automated spam calls and texts, Telemarketing is without a doubt 99% to be exact. And to imagine, we may look back at being harassed by telemarketers as the good old days.
- Loan Officer – 98% ($40,543)
Usually, the role a Loan Officer plays is to determine which person or business qualifies for a loan. Perhaps you might be lucky to find one who’s compassionate enough to help you secure the needed fund. However, as lending firms begin to adopt the automated systems and rarely employ loan officers, the fate of most people would be left to computer programs to determine.
- Credit Analyst – 98% ($46,477)
If the basic duties of a credit analyst are to assess credit history, research and scrutinize credit risks, and disapproving or approving credit extension, then with all the software and technology currently available, what’s the probability that a machine can’t handle this job? Your guess is as good as mine.
- Cashier – 97% ($22,174)
There’s no need even trying to explain this as self-checkouts has been in existence for a longer time now. Presently in addition to self-checkout, a lot of stores now allow customers to use scanners when they select items off the shelves to scan and log the items purchased, and afterwards pay for these items. It doesn’t just save time for the customers; it also saves the business money.
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- Line Cook – 96% ($22,309)
This isn’t just possible; it’s here already. These automated hands that consist of 24 joints, 129 sensors and 20 motors – mimics the actual movement of the hand and does practically everything a real chef can do. They can cook up to 2,000 different meals. The moment this technology gets perfected and sealed, you’ll get to see most kitchens with automated hands dicing and slicing items pre-programmed on the menu for cooking.
- Bus Driver – 89% ($19,894)
Lock on your seatbelts as automated vehicles without drivers are already here. For years a lot of companies including Delphi and Google have been experimenting with these driverless vehicles. The objective of this is to reduce the number of road crashes since most of them are caused by the human factor than mechanical. Therefore, removing humans from the driving seats will bring increased efficiency and safety to our roads. These cars may not have been completely legalized and fully out on our roads, but the fact that they are here already should give people depending on driving for a living a second thought.
In conclusion, when planning a career path, the first thing to do is research. Researching would help you know what your potential career option is worth and also whether or not it would be automated in the nearest future which would leave you out of a job.
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