5 key facts about automation at work

Key facts on automation at work are exposed.

1. The professions that are under the greater risk of being automated.

Tasks and jobs such as telemarketing agent, typist, legal assistant, inspector, sales and payroll administrator, cashier, driver or pilot, are under a greater risk of being automated in the coming years.

2. Jobs under less risk of automation.

  • Social workers, nurses, therapists and psychologists are among the least likely jobs to be automated, since they imply care and caring for others which requires empathy.
  • Jobs that require employees to think intelligently and to present creative and original ideas or solutions have a significant advantage over automation. For example: artists, designers or engineers.
  • Occupations such as managerial positions have a much lower risk before automation, since they involve tasks that require a high degree of social intelligence and negotiation skills.

3. Automation not only affects the least trained.

We have assumed that robotization only threatens lesser qualification jobs. However, automation also threatens skilled workers as:

  • Surgeons: because robots have steady and precise movement.
  • Engineers: thanks to Artificial Intelligence (IA) robots will also be able to learn to design other robots.

4. Motor coordination is a complicated process.

Bending clothes is one of the most complex tasks for a robot to perform: it turns out that our motor and sensory coordination is not so easy to replicate.

5. The function of HR today.

All technological revolutions destroyed jobs and created others: if we don’t want an employment crisis on a larger scale, HR should start to be creative and invent new jobs which will complement and potentiate those that already exist and those which will be automated in the future.