• Allison McMIllian

Studies: Robots will replace some jobs, others will remain

As our world continues to grow into a modern day technology-based community, inventors have found ways to invent robots and technology that will replace jobs in not just the industrial field but other fields as well.

A study from Brookfield Institute says that 42 percent of the Canadian workforce will be replaced by robots within the next 10 to 20 years, but the study also shows that it will create 720,000 new jobs. CNN says that millions of workers are at risk to be replaced by robots.

What jobs will be replaced? Workopolis claims that it all comes down to task. "The more a job can be broken down into a series of routine tasks, the more likely it can be replaced by robots," as Chris Riddell states. Jobs like carpentry and bricklaying could easily be replaced by robots.

So, now the question remains: what new jobs will be created? STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math are all major components of today's society, but these will be even bigger when technology starts to grow even more. As we build more robots and machines to do the jobs for us, we are going to have plenty of openings for engineers, technicians, and managers to build, maintain, and quality-control for the technology.

The jobs Workopolis thinks will survive the digital age are psychiatrists, physicians, dentists, university professors, computer system analysts, directors of nutrition and food services, mechanical engineers and technicians, robotics engineers and technicians, therapists, and registered nurses, but that is just an approximate guess as to what will survive.