Report: Almost half of jobs under pressure from robotic advancements

Robotics development is advancing, and a growing number are worried about human workers potentially losing their jobs.

Published Wed, Feb 11 2015 7:20 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The development of robotics and big data are putting pressure on the US workforce, with almost half of US jobs facing pressure from robots, according to a report issued by Citigroup and University of Oxford researchers.

Report: Almost half of jobs under pressure from robotic advancements | TweakTown.com

Robots and automated technology have had an impact in factories and mid-level positions, but developments could lead to increased pressure on low-skill occupations, the report notes. To make matters worse, manufacturers are adopting the use of more robots in factories and offices, with the humanoids able to better complete tasks.

"The bulk of service occupations, where the most US job growth has occurred over the past decades, are now at risk," according to the report. "Already the market for personal and household service robots is growing by about 20 percent annually - a trend that is likely to continue."

The rise of automated systems may further the income inequality gap in the United States, which is a troubling trend for economists.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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