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How Many Jobs Will Be Lost To Automation in 2023? (Statistics)

Hi there! As an avid tech enthusiast, I wanted to share the latest insights on a question I get all the time – how many jobs could automation eliminate in the near future? Specifically, what do the statistics say we could see by 2023?

The rise of AI, robotics and intelligent automation is truly reshaping the workplace. While these technologies can drive exciting productivity gains, their rapid adoption also raises very real concerns about the scale and speed of job disruption.

Let‘s look at what leading research says:

One frequently cited projection from McKinsey estimates up to 30% of current work activities globally – equivalent to 800 million jobs – could be automated by the early 2030s. However, looking at the more immediate term, the numbers are still very significant.

For example, a recent World Economic Forum study predicts machines and algorithms could displace a staggering 75 million jobs globally by 2022 alone. That‘s just next year!

To put this into context, 75 million is more than the entire population of countries like France or the UK. It‘s an enormous number of people that could find their occupations fully taken over by tech in short order.

Several other credible estimates focusing just on the US job market put the potential impact between now and 2023 in the range of tens of millions of roles as well.

A Ball State University study covering key sectors like manufacturing, transportation and healthcare suggested up to 23.4 million US jobs across those industries could be gone by 2023. That‘s almost 1 in 5 roles in just three huge parts of the economy.

When you consider projections like these and the exponential growth curves of technologies like artificial intelligence, it‘s clear the sheer scale of change headed our way in the next few years could be unprecedented.

Of course, it won‘t be an even rate of disruption across every occupation. The WEF study broke down those 75 million jobs expected to be lost and found machines could replace around 35 million roles in office admin, finance, accounting, HR and other clerical functions by 2022.

Manufacturing could lose 14 million, food services around 12 million, and transportation and warehousing another 10 million, with sectors like media, health, education and management less affected. But still in the millions displaced.

Demographic factors also intersect with automation vulnerability. Women make up the majority in many administrative and clerical fields primed for disruption. Younger workers just entering the job market also disproportionately hold more automatable roles.

Geographically, developing nations may see a slower pace of adoption, though automation will significantly impact emerging economies too.

The good news is that history shows technology has always created new kinds of work too. We‘ll surely see new opportunities arise – the challenge is making sure people have support through the transition.

Between reskilling programs, labor protections and policies that promote continuous learning, societies can ensure the benefits of automation are shared widely. With foresight and planning, we can navigate this in a way that unlocks the upside.

The bottom line? Brace for impact. The data says automation could claim tens of millions of jobs worldwide by 2023. But working together, we can create a future powered by tech while centered on humanity.

Let me know if you have any other questions!



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.