Telemarketers and refs, lookout... robots coming for your jobs

Some workers face risk of job loss more so than others... but is the threat realistic?

Published Mon, May 25 2015 7:50 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:07 PM CST

Whether we want it or not, the transition from human workers to robots is expected to cause mayhem among a number of different industries.

Telemarketers and refs, lookout... robots coming for your jobs | TweakTown.com

The following industries are expected to face the highest likelihood of being replaced, according to a 2013 study from Oxford University - telemarketers (99 percent), umpires and referees (98.3 percent), cooks (96.3 percent), manicurists and pedicurists (94.5 percent), and roofers (89.7 percent).

It seems careers that require a mix of creativity, negotiation skill and strong communication will be safer than other positions - and there are plenty of concerns about how acceptable humans will be to jobs being carried out by robots.

Last year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates issued a warning that people would be put out of the job as development of robots advanes, with other industry experts showing similar concerns. Even though it could take more time, businesses are finding ways to augment staff using robots.

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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