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AI Hasn't Been So Bad for Jobs


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IT occupations have tended to grow strongly and are projected to continue to do so despite the growth of automation and software tools.

Credit: Vector's Market

A U.S. government report found that employment has increased in many occupations seen as threatened by automation.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sociologist Michael J. Handel identified 11 occupations at risk from AI. He calculated that those professions grew by 13.9 percent, on average, between 2008 and 2018. 

Only two of the 11 professions declined. Maids and housekeepers edged downward, while surgeons outside of ophthalmology fell by 30 percent. Automation doesn't seem to be implicated in those declines.

The report cites occupations that suffered losses between 2008 and 2018 due, in part, to technologies other than AI: tax preparer (down by 9.7 percent), ticket agent (20.5 percent), and journalist (28.3 percent). The BLS study joins previous research that runs counter to fears that robots will steal human jobs.

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