Automation. It’s something of a dirty word in the HR world. Whilst we’re excited about the possibility to shifting our manual processes over to an AI helper, automation also means potential job loss.
A report from Oxford University looked into which jobs are at most risk of automation. The report, published in 2013, was met with acclaim and uncertainty. Whilst employers undoubtedly see the benefits of automating certain jobs, we’ve also got to proceed with caution when determining which roles to give to robots.
Out of over 700 occupations, 12 of them were found to have a 99% chance of being automated sometime in the future.
Data Entry Keyers
New Accounts Clerks
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
Cargo and Freight Agents
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
The Oxford report culminated with: "Our model predicts a truncation in the current trend towards labour market polarisation, with computerisation being principally confined to low-skill and low-wage occupations.
"Our findings thus imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerisation - i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence. For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills."
So, it seems the way to beat the bots is to focus more on our soft skills, and less on the practical. At the opposite end of the equation, the report found the top jobs least at risk from robots.
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Emergency Management Directors
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Orthotists and Prosthetists
Healthcare Social Workers
How are you planning to future proof your role? Share your thoughts in the comments.