Within 15 years, found research firm PWC, they could be eating the lunch and dinner of those lower-paid workers in retail, manufacturing and transportation. The statistic PWC puts out there for the U.S. is 38%. Here is the coverage in Recode.
There are signs of that, for anyone paying attention.
Brick and mortar stores have self-check-out. That's so popular that the lines for it are sometimes longer in Wal-Mart than those for traditional check-out. And, of course, we all shop online. We click and the e-cart heads to check-out.
Manufacturing, to be competitive with emerging economies, has to lower its operating costs. The more automation, the better.
The driverless truck will likely become reality before the driverless car. That's because most of the traveling is via highway, not stop-and-start city. Human drivers might still be needed to steer the truck onto the exit ramp but soon enough that too can be programmed.
What those paying attention also probably have spotted is that current job growth is in hands-on, low-paid services such as being an aide in assisted living or a nursing home. For about $11 ah hour, workers change adult diapers and bake cookies with those with memory loss.
Cleaning crews are also in demand for both residential and commercial. The owner of the service might make enough to live on but the hands-on contract workers struggle financially.
Fast food is still hiring. But it's become difficult to land those jobs.
Right now, professional services firms, including those providing online training, still require human ghostwriting. The demand ranges from print books to website landing pages. Business has been so good that I played with the notion of buying a house. Then I recalled the carnage of two recessions since the turn of the century. Probably I will renew my lease this summer.
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