As robot technology advances, humans will inevitably become
obsolete less employable.
In fact, a new report out of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University already found that automation threatens 40 per cent of current jobs in Canada. That’s almost half of all positions. Part of the reason for this is because computers are now able to do things they never could before, such as drive cars or handle simple human interaction. The report actually warns that, in terms of the affected jobs, robots could replace humans entirely within the next 10 to 20 years.
So what are the jobs most threatened by automation?
- Retail Salesperson
- Administrative Assistant
- Food Counter Attendants
- Transport Truck Drivers
“Occupations with the highest risk of being affected tend to be more routine, administrative or service oriented than other jobs,” the authors wrote in the report.
In some cases, the transition has already begun. We’ve probably all seen self-serve cashier stations at grocery stores and at some fast-food restaurants, while Amazon has been tinkering with a drone-delivery service. It’s really only a matter of time before humans are phased out completely.
The report, however, also outlines jobs that face the least threat of being replaced by automation. They were typically in the fields of management, technology and teaching.
- Retail and wholesale trade managers
- Registered nurses
- Elementary and kindergarten teachers
- Early childhood educators
- Secondary school teachers
Basically, if you’re a teacher, you can breathe easy. Robots won’t be coming for your job anytime soon.
As for the rest of us…