19% of U.S. workers at risk of job automation due to AI

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A study by the Pew Research Center has found that 19% of U.S. workers are in jobs with high exposure to AI, meaning that their jobs could be automated in the future. These jobs include budget analysts, data entry keyers, tax preparers, technical writers, and web developers.

23% of American workers have low AI exposure due to their jobs involving physical activities that AI can’t replicate. 58% have varying AI exposure. In 2022, highly exposed job workers earned $33 per hour, while low-exposure job workers earned $20 per hour.

Other jobs at risk of AI automation are retail, legal, accounting, finance, and healthcare roles. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (27%) are more exposed than high school diploma holders (12%).

More women (21%) than men (17%) have high AI exposure due to job differences. Asian (24%) and White (20%) workers are more exposed than Black (15%) and Hispanic (13%) workers. In 2022, highly exposed job workers earned $33 per hour, while the least exposed job workers earned $20 per hour.

“AI is distinguished from past technologies that have come over the last 100-plus years,” said Rakesh Kochhar, an expert on employment trends and a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank. “It is reaching up from the factory floors into the office spaces where white-collar, higher-paid workers tend to be.”

The sources for this piece include an article in CNBC.

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