Do you ever watch a futuristic movie like I, Robot or Ex Machina and wonder if our world will ever be run by robots? Well, according to a study conducted by the Brookfield Institute, it's pretty likely to happen, and to some considerable extent too.
Researchers found that up to 42% of Canadian jobs are at high risk of being replaced by robots within the next 10 to 20 years. This includes occupations in office support and administration, sales, transportation, construction, manufacturing, and some technical positions in the health industry.
For decades, industries have relied on automation for simple, manual tasks; however, advances in artificial intelligence technology has allowed for the development of more sophisticated robotics that are able to perform cognitive, non-routine tasks and occupations. These include everything from driving to conducting job interviews!
The study also found that Ontario has the lowest proportion of jobs at high risk of automation within the next 10 to 20 years, while PEI has the highest proportion.
Here are the top 10 jobs that are most likely to be replaced by robots in the future (percentages represent the probability of automation within the next two decades):
Airport ramp workers (99%)
Camera, platemaking and other pre-press occupations (99%)
Data entry clerks (99%)
Insurance underwriters (99%)
Librarians and related positions (99%)
Photo and film processors (99%)
Accounting and related positions (98%)
Banking, insurance and financial clerks (98%)
Customs, ship and other brokers (98%)
Conversely, here are the top 10 jobs that are least likely to be replaced by robots in the future (percentages represent the probability of automation within the next two decades):
Occupational therapists (0.35%)
Fire chiefs and firefighting officers (0.36%)
Accommodation service managers (0.39%)
Dieticians and nutritionists (0.39%)
Doctors and family physicians (0.42%)
Specialist physicians (0.42%)
Elementary school and kindergarden teachers (0.44%)
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (0.49%)
It's also important to note that the Brookfield Institute defines the risks as follows:
Low risk: 0 - 29% probability
Medium risk: 30 - 60% probability
High risk: 70 - 100% probability
Want to know the risk of your job or future occupation? The Globe and Mail has a great resource based off the Brookfield Institute study that lets you search up your occupation in an interactive chart.
You can also access the full study here.
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