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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Mar. 2, 202205:00 AM EST

Automation, AI putting jobs at risk

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Jacksonville ranks No. 11 in the nation for the likelihood of people being replaced by technology.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Jacksonville nearly broke into the top 10 in a study about jobs that can be automated and positions where people can be replaced by artificial intelligence.

An analysis by Commodity.com of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics combined with the findings of an Oxford University study indicates that 43.2% of Jacksonville workers are at risk of being replaced by technology.

That puts the city’s workforce at No. 11 among America’s major metropolitan areas.

A company’s CEO appears to be at the least risk of being replaced by technology, at 1.5%.

Lower-paying jobs that involve repetitive tasks, such as manufacturing/production, food service and jobs in distribution and fulfillment are most at risk.

A report from the Metropolitan Policy Institute at Brookings quantifies risk percentage by 2030 for specific occupations:

• Packaging machine operators, 100%.

• Food preparation workers, 91%.

• Delivery services drivers, 78%.

• Retail sales, 47%.

Midlevel professions also are vulnerable to automation, such as positions that involve information gathering and processing.

• Payroll and timekeeping clerks, 87%.

• Computer network support specialists, 62%.

• Computer programmers, 38%.

Occupations least at risk are those that require social and interactive skills, such as home health aides (11%).

Housekeeping and other domestic positions also are at low risk (18%).

Professions that require creativity and more complex intellectual skills are least at risk, such as architecture and engineering (19%), education and training (18%), software and app developers (8%) and management analysts (4%).

Visit commodity.com/blog/risk-of-automation/ to view the complete city ranking report.

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