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over 7 years ago by Eavanne Allen

Job Safety and Technological Advancement

Job Safe

February 2015 Update

If you have been on holiday this year and visited some of more cutting-edge airports in the world, you may have been greeted by a screen at baggage check-in, rather than a person. That’s the set-up now in Frankfurt Airport (those damn efficient Germans) and it’s not the only job that’s lost out to technology and automation.

Huge advances in technology are likely to replace workers in pattern-based jobs where the best and most common example of the role can be programmed by software. Positions that are most likely to go are those that entail repetitive processing, clerical duties and support services and in sectors such as administration, sales, transportation, construction, mining, energy and production.


     The 'safest’ jobs include those in computing, engineering and science as people are needed to develop and service the technologies taking over from humans. Also expected to resist the advance are roles which need creative thought or interpersonal skills, such as positions in skilled management, arts and media, law, education, healthcare and financial services.

      According to “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?” by C.Frey and M.Osborne (2013) the jobs most likely to disappear entirely are:

  • Telemarketers
  • Seamsters/sewing machinists
  • Insurance underwriters
  • Watch repairers
  • Librarians
  • Insurance claims and policy processing clerks
  • Umpires/referees
  • Accounting and auditing clerks
  • Payroll and time-keeping clerks
  • Cashiers

    Nowadays you’re as likely to pick-up the phone to a machine than a person and sport referees use technology so much you can understand how they may become obsolete in time too. It’s a scary thought, but much like the milkman (who lost out to the refrigerator), the chimneysweep, or the computer (which used to be someone’s title), we’ll find other jobs that technology creates, like the app developer or the social media manager.

    Have Your Say on Pattern Based Jobs!

    Meridian Business Support will be hosting a round table discussion on pattern based jobs and the impact of technology and automation on the UK's jobs market. If you are interested in taking part of this discussion, please