Robots and your career

01/03/2016 - By Josh Spencer

There has been significant debate in recent years as to whether the rise of robots will create or reduce jobs, and as yet, the question is still very much unanswered. For many young adults, deciding on which career path to take is a daunting task. In the past, asking ‘how likely is it that a robot is going to replace me in my job?’ would have been seen as a crazy consideration, but now, it could be argued this is an extremely valid question.

If this question has been troubling you as you consider a career in recruitment, here is a quick heads-up over which jobs are likely to be affected by the rise of robots in society!

Reaching the number 1 spot with a 99% chance of being replaced by robots are telemarketers, closely followed by receptionists, taxi drivers and retail sales people, again with a 99% chance of losing the robot battle.

For surgeons, dentists or HR managers, these careers have less than a 1% chance of being overpowered by robots. In fact, the majority of jobs within the healthcare sector have less than a 3% chance of being overpowered by technology.

The Science sector is an interesting example of how the rise of robotics has influenced an industry. Robots have been used in labs for decades, performing tasks which humans can’t. Automated systems are gradually being introduced into the sector, which not only perform the experiments, but then calculate the results, analyse them, then plan future experiments to build on the findings.

Can robots increase employment?

Countering worries of robots taking over jobs, many have argued that far from destroying jobs, robots will actually be the biggest job creators yet, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

Studies have consistently shown that new technology enhances industries, medicine and business consultancy being but two examples, boosting productivity and demand for products. For further examples of the positive impact of new technologies you just have to look at the way it has enhanced teaching, boosting jobs in education by 580% since 1992.

But what does this mean for the recruitment industry?

Recruitment consultants are predicted to be safe from the automation revolution. Whilst studies fail to specifically mention recruitment consultants/managers/executives, business consultancy positions have just a 39% chance of being taken over by robots, as well as business development managers having just a 7% chance, according to the BBC robot calculator (link to the this).

For the industry itself, changes to the way recruiters work will become more specialised, and automated systems will take over administrative or time consuming tasks. In fact, we can already see the beginnings of the automated revolution in today’s recruitment industry – CV extracting software being a perfect example.

If you’ve had an experience with new technology and employment, get in touch!

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