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Will Robots Take Away Your Jobs?

Will Robots Take Away Your Jobs?

An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that 63% of workers believe their jobs will never be replaced by automation (i.e., computers, robots); an additional 10% think it will take over 10 years for automation to do their job.

Despite these beliefs, a 2013 Oxford study argues that almost half (47%) of today’s jobs (in the US) could be automated in the next two decades.

Monster, which aims to connect people with job opportunities, asked visitors to their site the question, “When do you think automation (i.e., computers, robots) will be able to do your entire job?” and received over 3,800 responses.

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International findings included:

  • 12% answered “computers/robots are already able to do my entire job”
  • 7% answered “within the next 5 years”
  • 8% answered “in the next 5 to 10 years”
  • 10% answered “over 10 years from now”
  • 63% answered “I don’t think automation will ever be able to do my entire job”

Breaking down the numbers by region, German respondents are by far the most wary of job automation: 40% believe computers/robots are already able to do their job – the highest response rate in the category by over 25%.

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Workers in India are the most confident in their job security, with 67% answering that they don’t think automation will ever be able to do their entire job. US respondents are also fairly skeptical about the mechanization of their jobs – 62% believe it will never happen.

The results – which were released Thursday – of the current Monster International Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: February 2-16, 2015.

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