May 9, 2019 by Jason Contant
Bored of the same-old, same-old? Why not sharpen your pencil and take that dream job as an actuary?
According to the Will Robots Take My Job? website, there is only a 21% chance that actuaries will be replaced by artificial intelligence and robots.
Automation risk level for an actuary? “No worries,” the U.K.-based website consoles. Actuaries show a projected growth of 18% by 2024. How about mathematicians? Is there a robot lurking in the background to take their jobs? Not likely, they’re “totally safe.” (a 5% chance of robot takeover.)
But career prospects are downright scary for insurance underwriters, with a 99% chance of being replaced by their shiny machine counterparts and a projected “growth” of -11% by 2024. “You are doomed,” screams the site.
Things are just slightly rosier for claims adjusters, examiners and investigators, who have a 98% chance of being replaced by AI or robots. On the bright side, projected growth is 3% by 2024. Auto damage insurance appraisers are also on the chopping block, with a 98% chance of being given the heave-ho.
Surely brokers, with their unique skill-set and ability to offer tailored advice to clients, can’t be replaced. Well, the good news is that brokers are not in as bad shape as underwriters, claims adjusters and damage appraisers: projected growth in five years’ time is 9%. But there is still a 92% chance that “insurance sales agents” will become a thing of the past.
If you haven’t run screaming for the hills with a fresh head of completely grey hair, you may be eyeing employment in another industry that serves the insurance industry through third parties. Maybe construction? There’s always a need for that. Maybe not – construction labourers have an 88% chance of automation. “Robots are watching,” cautions the website. Likewise for roofers at 90%.
Editors such as myself, on the other hand, are “totally safe,” with only a 6% chance of automation. But “proofreaders and copy markers,” one of the tasks of an editor, have a 84% chance of automation. While reporters and correspondents have no worries at 11%, robot eyes are closely watching court reporters, who have a coin-toss chance (50%) of being automated.
Need an excuse to yell at that teacher friend of yours? Elementary school teachers have only a 0.4% of automation. It’s a little bit riskier as a secondary school teacher, with a whopping 0.8% chance of being replaced by machines. For kindergarten teachers (except special education), there’s a 15% chance.
But teaching assistants? Robots are watching and circling in the background, with more than half (56%) chance of automation.