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If artificial intelligence researchers, entrepreneurs and economists are to be believed, the robotic onslaught that will annihilate our jobs and transform all of society is nigh.

Thankfully, the BBC assembled a handy guide that calculates which jobs are likely to be automated in the next 20 years, based on data from a 2013 Oxford study.

The Oxford study identified nine skills people needed and used for each profession — including “social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity, and the need for a cramped work space.”

Just enter your profession, and click “Find my automation risk” to see where it falls on the scale.

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In more recent news..

CEDA, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia conducted a report on jobs at risk in Australia. CEDA replicated the study conducted by the two economists at Oxford University on jobs at risk of automation. The original research of Michael Osborne and Colin Frey was about the future outcomes of expanded automation on the US labour market. CEDA modelled and extended its study for Australia’s job market. The interactive map below can also be viewed at the Australian Jobs at Risk of Automation website.

In another research conducted by Adzuna, a job ad search engine site, 1 in 3 jobs are at risk of automation in Australia by 2030. The report posted by Adzuna in March 2018 revealed the following data:

  • Jobs in South Australia most at risk (41%).
  • Regional Australia to be hardest hit.
  • Jobs in Sydney and Melbourne are safest.
  • Eight out of ten of the jobs least at risk of being automated are in the healthcare industry.

Jobs most at risk:

  • Butcher
  • Labourer
  • Machine Operator
  • Driver
  • Cashier/teller

Jobs least at risk:

  • Podiatrist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Hotel Manager
  • Psychiatrist

Another job advertising site, finder.com.au, researched about job industries in Australia that are at risk of automation. Finder referenced Oxford’s Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation? and compared them with the number of employees in each industry to gather an approximate list of jobs threatened per industry. According to Finder, the 15 industries that are forecasted to be most affected by automation are as follows.

  1. Property operators and real estate services
  2. Food retailing
  3. Food product manufacturing
  4. Administrative services
  5. Food and beverage services
  6. Store-based retailing
  7. Road transport
  8. Personal and other services
  9. Agriculture
  10. Social assistance services
  11. Construction services
  12. Professional, scientific and technical services
  13. Medical and other health care services
  14. Residential care services
  15. Preschool and school education

(updated 2021)

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