Accountants and lawyers most fearful of being replaced by robots

Surprisingly, these are the two most searched jobs on a website designed to show which roles are most vulnerable to automation.
By: | October 4, 2019

It may come as a surprise but accountants, auditors and lawyers are most worried about robots replacing them. That’s according to in its most searched jobs list.

The top-paid roles where automation is likely to have zero or little effect include audiologists (hearing specialists), occupational therapists and psychologists. On the flip side, those high-paid roles which carry the highest automation risk are compensation and benefits managers, nuclear power reactor operators and admin services managers.

The inclusion of white collar legal and accountant professions is a surprise given automation will have the biggest impact on blue collar workers in manufacturing industries. Among low-paid workers, those jobs deemed less at risk from robots include oral surgeons, nurses and pre-school teachers.

The website is based on a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors created a new methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for more than 700 detailed occupations.

Those roles most likely to be replaced by robots, regardless of pay, include data entry keyers, telemarketers and watch repairers.