JOB SEARCH / MAR. 21, 2014
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Top Ten At-Risk Jobs

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1. Loan Officers
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Perhaps the single-most susceptible job (98% chance of automation), many banks are already using computer programs that analyze risk assessment and loan default probability using complex algorithms. Say goodbye to the days of having a sympathetic George Bailey sitting across the table from you. Photo by National Assembly for Wales / Cynulliad Cymru.

Well, it looks the Age of Machines is just about upon us. The Terminator-style extinction of mankind can't be far behind, right?

Relax. We have some time left. However, a recent study by the University of Oxford has found that many jobs and industries will be heavily affected by computer automation in the next 10-20 years. 

Jobs that require data analysis are some of the most affected. Likewise for positions that require simple, repetitive actions and labour with step-by-step instructions. How long until a robot serves a beer at your local watering hole? Probably sooner than you think.

There are some areas with little or no impact, though. Jobs requiring manual dexterity - like oral surgeons, make-up artists, and fire fighters - are safe (for now, but computers and machines get more complex all the time). The same is true for creative positions, like choreographers, writers, and curators. These areas clock in at well under a 20% chance of automation, and many of them actually received a probability score of UNDER 1%. 

Another safe zone is anything requiring social perception skills, like mental health professionals, clergy, and coaches. These jobs require an acute understanding of human behaviour and condition...something that computers don't yet comprehend. Jobs in these industries have a chance of automation in the 0.3-1.3% range. 

Will we be better off? Who knows? The only thing we can say with absolute certainty is that a change is coming, whether we like it or not.

So, how safe is your job?  

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