Despite talk of job automation in practically every industry, the question no longer seems to be whether jobs will be automated, but rather which jobs are at greatest risk and how concerned we should be about the changes. But is this anxiety actually based in reality?
Let’s be clear: People are afraid. According to the Job Seeker Nation Report released by Jobvite earlier this year, 55% of job seekers are at least a little worried about job automation. But it turns out that those actually in charge of hiring aren’t there yet. Jobvite’s Recruiter Nation Report also says that just 10% of recruiters anticipate automating some jobs in the next 2–3 years (compared to 2015’s 25%).
We are entering the second wave of the jobs automation process, Automation 2.0.