What’s going on:
Artificial intelligence (AI) tools, like ChatGPT, are increasingly being incorporated into the workforce, and the potential impact on jobs remains in the spotlight. A recent analysis by Pew Research Center found that 19% of American workers hold jobs that are highly exposed to AI — where key tasks could be replaced or assisted by AI. Meanwhile, 23% have jobs that are the least exposed. The data reveals that higher-paying jobs that require a college education and analytical skills are more likely to have high AI exposure.
The study also highlights disparities in AI exposure across different demographic groups and job roles, which points to areas that might require focused intervention to prevent widened socio-economic gaps.
Why it matters:
This growing adoption of AI into the workplace will likely reshape the employment landscape, promoting a shift in required skills for jobs, and potentially leading to major job losses in some industries. It’s important for working professionals to understand which jobs are more exposed to AI, as it can aid in preparing the workforce for the upcoming challenges, and this in-turn can drive targeted educational programs and guide policy decisions.
How it’ll impact the future:
Despite potential threats of automation, many workers remain optimistic about AI’s impact on their jobs, with a larger portion believing that AI will help rather than hurt them. The future impact of AI on job losses is still uncertain, as it can be used both to replace or enhance employee roles.
AI’s influence on work will likely lead to the restructuring of job roles, with some jobs being eliminated, others being created, and many more being modified. As AI continues to advance, the need for upskilling and reskilling the workforce will become even more important for businesses and organizations. Depending on the type of business, employers may need to invest more in employee training and consider new hiring strategies. On a broader scale, policy makers may need to address issues related to future job displacement, income inequality and job market polarization due to AI tools.