In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, many workers throughout the United States are afraid that their employers will use more automated machines and artificial intelligence (AI), causing job loss.
What Statistics Say
According to statistics, 67% of workers who perform their jobs in the tech market share this worry. Meanwhile, 44% of individuals in other industries feel this distress.
Beyond the anxieties of automation, workers are also worried about the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19. A total of 70% in the tech industry said they fear the loss of their jobs entirely due to the economic implications of the virus. The same worry about job loss bothers 57% of workers in other fields.
These statistics were gathered in April based on a survey of 1,000 full and part-time workers from many different industries. Of the 1,000 surveyed, 223 were employed in the tech industry.
Fears and Concerns
According to experts, the fear of automation in the tech industry is legitimate because tech professionals are closer to technology. Therefore, they have their fingers closer to the pulse of what is going in automation. The concerns of these workers could be an omen for many industries in the months to follow.
A recent analysis reported that U.S. technology firms across the country let go of close to 112,000 jobs in April this year, slashing off the job gains in 2019. At this time, the U.S. tech sector employs close to 6 million individuals, which includes not just tech workers but also professionals in marketing, sales, human resources, and other positions.
Amid layoffs, jobs related to AI could still prove resilient. Recent reports state that AI jobs worldwide could jump to as much as 16% in 2020, reaching close to one million. It’s forecast that 40% of companies globally will increase their overall use of automation in direct response to the pandemic in the coming months.
Where Is Automation Headed?
According to research, automation replaced many workers during the recession that hit the American economy from 2007 to 2009. That trend slowed as the job market began to rebound while jobs started to come back for more workers in the following years.
Many professionals believe that automation is here to stay and will only continue to grow. Some companies have also been experiencing the effects of automation, adding up to 10 enterprise customers a day, which is a sharp increase from their numbers in the past years.
However, others in the automation industry believe automation will enable more jobs to arise in tech and other sectors. More automation means higher-tiered jobs can be created. Systems and software can take over menial tasks such as managing emails and paperwork, while humans would be freer to be productive in other aspects of their jobs.
Humans Are Still In-Demand
Automation is not at a place where it can replace human critical thinking at this juncture in time. Real, skilled people are still needed in workplaces.
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We believe that there’s still a thriving market despite these uncertain times. There’s still hope to land your dream job, so let our network of recruiters help you with your search. Contact us now to discover career opportunities that fit you best.