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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of U.S. Workers at Risk


A robot cleaning floors in a grocery.

According to the Brookings Institution, about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation, meaning at least 70% of their tasks could be performed by machines.

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The Brookings Institution has found that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation, meaning at least 70% of their tasks could be performed by machines using current technology.

Professions most likely to be impacted by automation include food-service jobs like cooks and waiters, short-haul truck drivers, and office clerks.

According to Brookings' Mark Muro, this transition could happen in "a few years or...two decades," but it would be hastened by an economic downturn.

Most U.S. workers are expected to adapt to this shift without losing their jobs, but younger, rural employees likely will be affected most profoundly.

The Brookings report predicts the professions least likely to be affected by automation will be those requiring not only higher educational experience, but also interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

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