The replacement of jobs by machines has been happening continuously since the Industrial Revolution, but there is growing speculation that the figures are set to boom over the next decade.

Last year saw IT giant Infosys release 11,000 jobs due to automation, claiming improved revenue per employee percentages and a need to be innovative for its clients.

The World Economic Forum’s recent report suggests that by 2025, robots “will perform more current work tasks than humans, compared to 71% being performed by humans today.”

Terrifying, but the important phrase in the prediction being “current work tasks.”

Yes, there are some professions that are facing extinction, but for every role lost between now and 2022, there will be 1.77 new roles created.

The challenge we have as humans is to manage this transition as smoothly as possible. This means upskilling where we need to and protecting those at risk.

According to the report, the top 10 emerging roles in 2022 will be:

1. Data Analysts and Scientists
2. Al and Machine Learning Specialists
3. General and Operations Managers
4. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
5. Sales and Marketing Professionals
6. Big Data Specialists
7. Digital Transformation Specialists
8. New Technology Specialists
9. Organisational Development Specialists
10. Information Technology Services

These roles will make up the 133 million created by the evolution of machines and increasing use of automation.

Of the 75 million declining roles, the World Economic Forum considers the below as the top 10:

1. Data Entry Clerks
2. Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll Clerks
3. Administrative and Executive Secretaries
4. Assembly and Factory Workers
5. Client Information and Customer Service Workers
6. Business Services and Administration Managers
7. Accountants and Auditors
8. Material-Recording and Stock-Keeping Clerks
9. General and Operations Managers
10. Postal Service Clerks

How will automation affect your role? is a simple tool that gives users the probability of losing their job to automation – using data from a University of Oxford report.

After typing in your profession, the website will let you know your automation risk level amongst additional data such as the projected growth of your job, the median annual salary, and the number of people employed. Please note that these figures are relevant to the US market but it’s expected that the risk is matched in the UK, at least for the majority of positions.

Below, we’ve looked at a handful of the roles that we’ve filled lately and tested their risk of automation. Whilst most IT jobs in the UK are looking like they’ll be here to stay for at least another couple decades, there are a few of you that should perhaps start to broaden your skillset to avoid being wiped out by robots.

Application Software Developers – Totally safe at 4.2% probability of losing their jobs to robots.

Computer Hardware Engineers – Relatively low risk of 22% of losing their jobs to automation.

Computer Programmers – Should perhaps start to worry with a 48% probability of automation risk.

Computer Support Specialists – Highest risk we found at 65%, ‘robots are watching’.

Computer Systems Analysts – Lowest risk found at 0.65%.

Database Administrators – Recorded as totally safe with 3% probability of machines taking over their role.

Mechanical Engineers – Very low risk at 1.1%.

Systems Software Developers – Have no worries at 13% probability of automation.

Of course, with change comes opportunity. If your industry is threatened by automation then there is likely to be a new wave of jobs created to support the creation and maintenance of the machines and your knowledge could prove to be invaluable.

It’s also important to note that the risks are based on predictions, albeit deciphered from industry data.

Either way, we think it’s safe to say that developing additional skills is never a bad thing and gives you that edge when competing for roles.
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