The BBC has just published on its website a “automation simulator”, a tool developed by researchers at Oxford University, in partnership with Deloitte, which lets the probability of being replaced by a computer be measured. Could you be replaced by a robot at work? The greater the human factor plays a significant role in your job, the more likely you are to keep it.
To develop this tool, nine professional qualifications were selected to determine the professions least accessible to robots. They are social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped work space.
In the light of these criteria, professions that require focus on the person, such as those related to health, education or social work have a bright future ahead of them. The twenty least threatened professions are: education consultant, bartender, hotelier, speech therapist, educational employee, health services manager, psychologist, therapist, social services manager, professor, high school teacher, nurse, midwife, IT analyst, systems administrator, special educator, occupational therapist, health care worker, pedicurist, pharmacist, director of sales and marketing.
Conversely, jobs with repetitive tasks, which do not require analysis, creativity and social relations are condemned to disappear. The twenty most threatened by robots are: telephone canvasser, typist, legal secretary, financial account manager, weigher (leveler or sorter), tester (or inspector), sales administrator, accountant, financial manager, insurance employee, bank employee, financial administration employee, NGO director, local administration manager, assembler, wood and paper industry operator, communication operator, switchboard operator, textile industry operator.
To find out if your job is threatened by automation, visit the BBC website.