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What types of jobs are likely to be impacted by technology and automation?

Conventional wisdom suggests that low-skill, low-wage activities on the front line are the ones most susceptible to automation.<br/><br/>

Research to date suggests that a significant percentage of the activities performed by even those in the highest-paid occupations (e.g., financial planners, physicians, and senior executives) can be automated by adapting current technology. For example, activities consuming more than 20 percent of a CEO’s working time could be automated using current technologies. These include analysing reports and data to inform operational decisions, preparing staff assignments, and reviewing status reports. Conversely, there are many lower-wage occupations, such as home health aides, landscapers, and maintenance workers, where only a very small percentage of activities could be automated with the technology available today.<br/><br/>

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