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As you come to that point in your life when you decide which career you want to chase, have you considered the possibility that a robot may come along and take your job?

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Luckily, the BBC has built an interactive site that calculates the likelihood of your chosen career being automated by robots in the next 20 years.

How can they predict the future?

Researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte crunched the numbers based on nine key skills and their risk of automation, including persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine art and finger dexterity.

What jobs are safe?

As you could probably guess, they found that jobs that require a high level of original thought and human interaction will be the safest during this robot revolution.

“Social workers, nurses, therapists and psychologists are among the least likely occupations to be taken over by robots as assisting and caring for others, which involves empathy, is a crucial part of the job. Roles requiring employees to think on their feet and come up with creative and original ideas, for example artists, designers or engineers, hold a significant advantage in the face of automation.
Additionally, occupations involving tasks that require a high degree of social intelligence and negotiating skills, like managerial positions, are considerably less at risk from machines according to the study.”

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What jobs are at risk?

The news from the study isn’t as good for certain sales jobs like telemarketers and bank clerks.

“As more advanced industrial robots gain improved senses and the ability to make more coordinated finger and hand movements to manipulate and assemble objects, they will be able to perform a wider range of increasingly complex manual tasks.

“Sophisticated algorithms are challenging a number of office and administrative support roles, particularly in legal and financial services. Machines are already beginning to take on a number of tasks carried out by legal professionals by scanning thousands of documents to assist in pre-trial research.”

So what’s left for me?

Automation and advancements in technology have been making repetitive, labour-intensive jobs redundant for centuries. However, these same technologies will create new jobs as well opportunities to build even newer technologies. And while we don’t know what these new jobs and opportunities will be, what we do know is, as Barack Obama put it, “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”

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