Half of US Jobs At Risk Due to Robotics [STUDY]

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A new study estimates that nearly half of all U.S. jobs are at high risk of computerisation (AKA robotics), meaning that they are capable of being performed by machines (or robots) relatively soon with little change in the work performed.


We examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation. To assess this, we begin by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classi?er. Based on these estimates, we examine expected impacts of future computerisation on US labour market outcomes, with the primary objective of analysing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation’s probability of computerisation, wages and educational attainment. According to our estimates, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk. We further provide evidence that wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with an occupation’s probability of computerisation.

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