If you are younger than 40 you will lose a job to robot automation. Maybe you will lose your career. There is no question about it. It is inevitable. The die is cast. As a society we have embraced a philosophy of needless automation. But what is the cost?
In a recent Brookings study it was found that 25% of jobs in the US will be affected by automation. The study was called: Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How Machines Affect People and Places. Some findings.
- Low-wage earners will be among the first to see their jobs disappear, since many of their tasks are routine-based.
- The disruption will hit certain people harder than others, including low-wage earners and men.
- Where a person lives in the country also determines the degree to which their job is likely in danger, according to the report. The Midwest is especially vulnerable to technological disruption, because jobs there revolve heavily around manufacturing and agriculture.
The risks profile of people that robots will impact is pretty broad.
|Food preparation and service||81%|
|Office and administrative support||60%|
|Farming/fishing and forestry||56%|
|Transportation and material moving||55%|
|Construction and extraction||50%|
|Installation/maintenance and repair||49%|
|Computer and math||37%|
|Personal care and service occupations||34%|
|Healthcare practitioners and technical jobs||33%|
|Life/physical and social science||32%|
|Community and social service||22%|
|Building and grounds cleaning||21%|
|Arts/design/entertainment/sports and media||20%|
|Architecture and engineering||19%|
|Education/training and library||18%|
|Business and financial operations||14%|
How did we get here? What is the impact on workers? Opioids? Alcoholism? Depression?
And who is this having the worst impact on? Again – back to the study:
Young ethnic men seemed to be the hardest hit, but as you can see no one is spared.
Job loss is stressful. It can lead to major issues above and beyond the loss of income including:
- Professional identity
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- A daily routine
- Purposeful activity
- A work-based social network
- Your sense of security
A loss of any or all these leads directly to succumbing to day drinking and night prowling.
According to research reported in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, unemployed people are twice as likely as employed people to suffer from psychological problems (34 percent to 16 percent). Blue-collar workers are more distressed by unemployment than those who’ve lost a white-collar job. Additionally, middle-aged men and women, especially those who are unemployed, experience the highest levels of psychological distress.
Its enough to make you want to add a little gin to your morning coffee.