The jobs most at risk of being replaced by robots by 2030

Romeo, an humanoid robot from Aldebaran, is on display during the Innorobo 2014 fair. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Sales assistants and book keepers are among the jobs most likely to be replaced by robots by the year 2030, according to research from the University of Oxford.

The study looked at 702 different categories of occupation and revealed that well over a third of the UK workforce are in jobs where there is a high risk of a machine replacing them.

The 10 jobs most likely to be replaced by robots are:

  • Financial accounts managers (97%)

  • Book keepers, payroll managers and gaming tellers (97%)

  • Timekeeping and procurement clerks (97%)

  • Telephonists, switchboard operators (96%)

  • Word processors, typists, auditing clerks (96%)

  • Local government administrative occupations (96%)

  • Officers of non-governmental organisations (96%)

  • Sales, retail assistants, parts salespersons (95%)

  • Retail cashiers and check-out operators (95%)

  • Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers (95%)

The occupations with the lowest risk of machines replacing them:

  • Occupational therapists, surgeons, dentists, etc. (2%)

  • Office managers (1%)

  • Office supervisors (1%)

  • Customer service managers and supervisors (1%)

  • Clergy (1%)

  • Veterinarians (1%)

  • Physiotherapists (1%)

  • Speech and language therapists (1%)

  • Nurses (1%)

  • Midwives (1%)

The results and an assessment of the challenges posed by the rapidly changing workplace will be discussed on Tonight: Man Versus Machines - ITV at 7:30pm

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