An article in the Economist magazine on the inexorable rise of digital technology quotes a report by two academics that will make uncomfortable reading for a whole swathe of workers that currently provide services to the public, including many professions that make up the Brighton economy.
The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation by C. Frey and M. Osborne looks at the way computerisation has affected western economies over the past 20 years and hazards an educated guess at what how workers will be replaced by digital technologies over the next two decades.
Perhaps unsurprisingly dentists seem to be pretty safe but sales assistants in shops are almost certain to be decimated as are accountants, estate agents and call centre staff.
Of course, new jobs created by the development of new technologies will replace old jobs but the authors point out that few economies in the western world are preparing for this via improved education and training.
The table below shows which jobs are under threat with a score of 1 representing certainty that computerisation will lead to significant losses over the next 20 years.
Recreational therapists [0.003]
Personal trainers [0.007]
Chemical engineers [0.02]
Health technologists [0.40]
Word processors/typists [0.81]
Retail sales assistants [0.92]
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