Hey IT pros, stop worrying about robot replacements

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When last I tried to frighten enterprise workers about losing their jobs to robots, I cited an Oxford University study that ranked 702 occupations “according to their probability of computerisation.”

An interesting exercise (if you’re not a telemarketer or another 99-percenter), but let’s face it, going through such a large list is a hassle. Fortunately, there’s a far more user-friendly way to determine the impact automation may have on your  workplace fate.

Will Robots Take My Job? is a website based on the Oxford study. “We extracted the jobs and the probability of automation from the report and have made it easy to search for your job,” the site explains.

You can check out the site yourself, but I took the liberty of collecting some data on typical enterprise jobs, with an emphasis on IT. What follows are specific jobs and the percent chance they eventually will be automated:

  • Chief Executives — 1.5%
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists — 1.5%
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager — 3.5%
  • Computer Hardware Engineers — 22.0%
  • Computer Systems Analysts — 0.65%
  • Database Administrators — 3.0%
  • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects – 21.0%
  • Network and Computer Systems Admins — 3.0%
  • Software Developers, Applications — 4.2%
  • Software Developers, Systems Software — 13.0%

The good news is that none of these jobs is even close to being the most vulnerable.

Even the job with the highest chance of automation — computer hardware engineer — gets a “no worries” risk level by the site. In contrast, occupations that score in the 90th percentile and worse are assigned a risk level of “you are doomed.” About 24% or 171 jobs fall in this unfortunate category.

Bottom line: Automation is an invaluable tool, but enterprises will continue to need IT professionals with the skills, experience and adaptability to manage increasingly intelligent network systems.

With few exceptions, IT professionals can consider their jobs robot-proof in the foreseeable future.


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  1. Yasin Kara says:

    This one seems out of step compared to the other IT jobs listed: Computer Support Specialists – 65%


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