By Michael Messina
The accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released an analysis of jobs in the U.S. and other countries that could go the way of the machines within the next 15 years. It found that a large percentage of jobs in the U.S. could be at risk of automation by the year 2030.
From the LA Times:
It said that in the U.S., 38% of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30% in Britain, 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.
The main reason is not that the U.S. has more jobs in sectors that are universally ripe for automation, the report says; rather, it’s that more U.S. jobs in certain sectors are potentially vulnerable than, say, British jobs in the same sectors.
For example, the report says the financial and insurance sector has much higher possibility of automation in the U.S. than in Britain. That’s because, it says, American finance workers are less educated than British ones.
According to the Times article, jobs at risk include the financial and insurance sector, hospitality and food service, and transportation and storage. Truck driving was noted as one of the first to be at risk of being taken over by automated driving.
At Labor 411, we are urging people to confront an aspect of automation situation during Ethical Consumer Week, April 10-14. A form of automation that is hitting home with a lot of consumers are the self-checkout machines found in many retail stores. Those machines are unnecessary, often frustrating to use and they take good jobs away from hard-working Americans. We are asking folks to make a concerted effort to avoid those machines and encourage others to do so as well. Sign our petition here to commit to not using self-checkout machines during Ethical Consumer Week. You’ll be supporting good jobs and you just might get a friendly conversation out of it, too.
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