A look at jobs being taken over by robots

A study suggests over the next several years, more than 5 million workers will be replaced by robots. Is your job one of them?

It could be if you work for the postal service. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the USPS will shed more than 138,000 jobs as it employs more machines and computers over the next 10 years.

Robots will be doing a lot of the mail sorting, which will allow mail carriers more time to make deliveries, which will allow them to cover additional routes. Clerk positions are also expected to be cut as automation grows.

The number of telephone operators is projected to be cut nearly in half over the next eight years, along with about 35,000 switchboard operators.

There’s grim news for careers in blue collar jobs in factories, such as machine setters, tool setters and mold makers. Those jobs will not necessarily be replaced by what we think of robots, but by machines controlled by computers. That’s what a robot is, and they are everywhere now.

Warehouse jobs are already being filled by robots. Amazon uses some 30,000 of robots called Kiva that fulfill orders. According to one survey, one in four warehouse jobs at Amazon are filled by robots.

One robot works in a hardware store owned by Lowe’s. It helps with inventory and assists shoppers.

Some hospitals are using robots to visit patients’ rooms to take vitals.

And that’s not all. Another study by Oxford University suggests nearly half of all workers in the U.S. are at risk of being replaced by robots, particularly jobs in transportation, logistics and front office personnel.

The scariest part of it all is robots are now being used to program computers. so if robots can program themselves? What chance do any of us have if they turn on us?

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