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Will your job be automated?

New and emerging technology like robots and self-driving vehicles will fundamentally change the way in which we work, learn and live. As technology rapidly shifts at a pace not seen in human history, workforce automation has become a hot topic for workers, employers, and workforce or economic development practitioners alike. 

While there have been recent reports on the topic, a new paper by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Talented Mr. Robot: The Impact of Automation on Canada’s Workforce, looks specifically at the Canadian context.

The report examines the impact of automation on the Canadian labour force, including looking at the occupations in Canada that are at high risk of becoming automated. Overall, the study found that close to 42% of the Canadian labour force is at a high risk of being automated within the next two decades. The specific occupations that are at the highest risk include retail salespersons, administrative assistants, food counter attendants, cashiers, and transport truck drivers.

It’s not all gloom and doom, though. The report highlighted that roughly 36% of the Canadian labour force is at a low risk of being automated. The specific occupations that are at the lowest risk include retail and wholesale managers, registered nurses, elementary and secondary school teachers, early childhood educators, and secondary school teachers.

Overall, the report’s findings suggest that in the next 10 to 20 years automation will occur most significantly in occupations that are administrative, routine, or oriented toward sales and service. The jobs least at risk appear to rely on humans’ cognitive advantage over technology and require more job-specific skills, complex problem solving, and people management and oversight. Check out the interactive visualization to find out more about the automation potential of occupations in Canada.

 This post first appeared in TINAN 70Subscribe to TINAN for the latest economic development news and resources


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