Is YOUR job at risk from the AI revolution? Six experts predict roles that will be WIPED OUT by AI this decade

Who is at risk of massive job losses due to the AI ​​revolution: blue-collar workers or white-collar workers?

Most experts agree that artificial intelligence will completely upend the American workforce (there are already signs of this happening in the tech industry).

But there are conflicting reports about who is most at risk: lower-wage workers or middle management.

According to a report from the think tank McKinsey Global, Americans with the lowest wages are up to fourteen times more likely to be replaced by AI people with the highest wages.

But a separate report from JP Morgan predicted a “mass reallocation of white-collar jobs” this decade. spoke to six top experts to cut through the noise.

Beware, middle managers

Artificial intelligence will come primarily for repetitive jobs, but will evolve to replace middle managers and even knowledge professions such as law and accounting, warned John Warner, founder of Innoventure.

Warner said: ‘Human jobs involving repetitive, predictable tasks that can be automated are at high risk, including assembly line work, simple data entry and some aspects of accounting.

“Jobs based on a checklist or input boxes on a screen are here to stay, including telemarketers, travel agents, bank tellers, cashiers and loan processors.”

Financial analysts and insurers are also at risk, as is any job that involves crunching large amounts of numbers, due to AI’s ability to analyze data and access stored knowledge, Warner warned.

John Warner, founder of Innoventure

Warner said: “Many knowledge worker jobs are threatened by AI.

‘Most middle management functions take input in one form, manipulate it and report it in another form.

‘Automation does that more efficiently. This doesn’t stop at middle management.

“Advanced AI will perform the analysis that replaces professional jobs in engineering, law, accounting and other knowledge professions.”

Administrative and accounting functions

Administrative and accounting functions will decline sharply due to the automation of data entry and basic reporting, warns Martin Mulyadi, Ph.D., professor of accounting at the Shenandoah University School of Business.

Martin Mulyadi, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting at Shenandoah University School of Business

Martin Mulyadi, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting at Shenandoah University School of Business

Mulyadi said: “The most affected roles are likely to be those that can be systematized or that involve repetitive tasks.

‘For example, AI is expected to cause a sharp decline in many administrative functions.

‘It’s crucial to remember that while AI may reduce the need for some jobs, it also opens up new possibilities.

‘I expect employment in the fields of data science and analytics, AI and machine learning to grow rapidly.

“In my field of accounting, I see a demand for accounting experts who understand that they are expected to be in high demand.”

Call centers ‘disappeared in five years’

Call centers will virtually disappear within five years, predicts Piers Linney, founder of Implement AI.

Linney told ‘Generative AI will increase productivity as the human workforce expands and technology becomes more capable of taking on tasks over time. This means that fewer employees will be needed.

Investor and business expert Piers Linney

Investor and business expert Piers Linney

‘For example, call centers will be almost completely automated within five years.

‘However, it is a mistake to assume that only low-skilled workers will be affected, as reducing the need for expensive knowledge workers means significant cost savings.

‘In the coming decade we will need to rethink our educational, economic, social security and tax systems.’

Customer service in focus

Any task that involves repetitive, predictable tasks can potentially be automated by AI, warned Bernard Marr, author of “Generative AI in Practice.”

Bernard Marr, author of "Generative AI in practice.¿

Bernard Marr, author of ‘Generative AI in Practice.’

Marr said: ‘AI will replace jobs that involve repetitive, predictable tasks across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, data entry and basic customer service roles.

‘However, this does not spell doom; instead, it signals a shift toward jobs that require human empathy, creativity and strategic thinking.”

But programmers can rest assured, Marr believes.

Marr said: “As far as programmers are concerned, fears that AI will replace them are largely unfounded.

“While AI can and is being used to automate certain coding tasks and even write basic code, the role of the programmer is evolving rather than shrinking.

“Programmers are needed to design, guide, and refine AI systems, and their expertise is crucial in solving complex problems, innovating, and ensuring that AI applications align with ethical standards and human needs.

“In the future, programmers will work alongside AI and use it as a tool to improve productivity and creativity.”

Attention paralegals and researchers

Jobs that require information retrieval and condensation will be threatened, according to Nathaniel Whittemore, founder of Superintelligent, a platform for learning about AI.

Whittemore says: ‘Skills (and more specifically tasks) are much more likely to become extinct due to AI than jobs.

“Jobs will evolve and involve different combinations of skills and tasks as certain things disappear with AI.

‘Skills/tasks in trouble: Anything that involves very basic research or information retrieval – that could be anything from low-level customer service to paralegals. Anything that involves summarization and condensation of other information.

“However, there will be certain complex problems that require human attention, and the skills needed to deal with those experiences will be human interface skills.

“There may be fewer people working on these top-level challenges, but they will be more valued and rewarded because of the changed perception of the significance of their skills.”

Writers and analysts

A 2023 scientific paper found that mathematicians, financial analysts and writers are most at risk of being replaced by AI, says Thomas Roulet, professor of organizational sociology and leadership at the University of Cambridge.

Roulet added, “This is both a difficult and well-researched question! I’m sure you’ll have many answers, but the most authoritative source is this one 2023 paper.

‘It identifies mathematicians, accountants, financial analysts, writers, news and financial analysts as those most at risk of being replaced by AI.

“The truth is that these professions will adapt rather than die out – people will consume news, financial analysis or advisor reports differently, knowing that AI helped produce them.”