Odds of Losing Your Job To AI

With 2023 bringing a huge shift in how we view technology, we’ve seen a major increase in AI and how it can be used for the everyday. According to Business Insider, AI ‘prompt engineer’ jobs pay particularly well (up to $375,000 a year), without always requiring a background in tech to begin with!

So, it seems there are some seriously high-paying roles in AI, but this is rocking the boat a little when it comes to understanding where Americans’ jobs lie, and the need for their roles in the future. With this soar in AI comes the question of where it will leave many traditional jobs moving forward. So, we at BetCarolina.com, typically home to all things North Carolina sports betting, decided to delve deeper into this technology, and the likelihood of it replacing our jobs here in The Tar Heel State.

By looking at the top 100 most common jobs in North Carolina (based on the number of employees), we were able to determine whether your job is in jeopardy or not over the next two decades, and the results were interesting. Keep reading to find where your job lies in this new, AI-driven world.

The Occupations Most At Risk

In North Carolina, when analyzing the most common professions, it seems several key jobs are at risk, with some odds even at a shocking 100% over the next two decades. Most concerningly is the fourth most common job in North Carolina - laborers and freight, stock, and material movers. With around 97,090 residents employed in this line of work, they could all be a risk in the future with odds of -100,000.

Office clerks, the 8th most common job, are also significantly at risk, with 79,290 in this profession potentially out of a job.
 

The Occupations Least At Risk

Odds are, firefighters, civil engineers and construction managers are least at risk of losing their jobs to AI, all at just 1% (or +9,900), with these jobs all seemingly being unaffected by AI. This is likely because these sectors require manual work that AI simply can’t (or won’t) replace, taking human intelligence to fulfill these roles properly.

With firefighters ranking as the 65th most common job and civil engineers placing 97th, when looking at a more common job which has a low risk of being automated, registered nurses lead the way. With over 104,000 people in North Carolina working as a registered nurse, it comes out as the third most common job and has just a 10% risk of being automated (or +900).

The Most Popular Jobs in America

These are the most popular jobs across the whole of America, including North Carolina:

  • Cashiers = 88% chance (or -733) - Despite being the most popular, there’s an imminent risk to this job (81-100%). This is because, with the rise in automated checkouts, comes the challenge of jobs in this sector. Although, it can be said that for a smooth process when scanning your groceries, there needs to be workers available to solve any misscanned barcodes, or ID card checks when buying alcohol, etc. So, should AI really be so relied on?
  • Customer service representatives = 82% chance (or -456) – It seems there’s an imminent risk of this sector being replaced by AI in America, (81-100%), but important qualities, such as social perceptiveness. are difficult to automate, despite people assessing this role as something that needs little human judgment. 
  • Fast food and counter workers = 99% chance (or -9,990) - Despite being one of the top nine jobs for American citizens, there’s an imminent risk to this job. Clever AI systems could easily replace the need for human interaction, but this also poses problems in terms of social perceptiveness and good customer service being affected as a result. 
  • General and operations managers = 38% (or +163) – These jobs are low risk, so the chances of being replaced by AI are relatively low (21-40%) because they require a good mix of human and technical skills to deliver results.
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers = 88% chance (or -733) – The odds of this popular job becoming threatened by AI are high, at 81-100%, likely because of the rise in electric, automated vehicles becoming more widespread.
  • Home health and personal care aides = 38% (or +163) – A more low-risk job in terms of AI replacement, since an understanding of and special needs of patients is required to be carried out that AI simply can’t mimic. 
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers = 100% (or -100,000) - These jobs are seen as more repetitive, predictable tasks that don’t require much human judgment, and so this role has 81-100% odds of being at imminent risk.
  • Registered nurses = 10% (or +900) – Minimal risk will come to this band of workers (0-20%) in America because nurses need to possess strong information and personal skills, like caring, that AI simply can’t replicate.
  • Retail salespersons = 66% or (-194) – Despite being one of the most popular, the chances of those with a job in this field face a 61-80%, high-risk chance of AI becoming a threat.

With this newfound knowledge, you’ll have a better understanding of where your job lies in the future, with some reasoning as to why. 

Methodology

To reveal which jobs are most at risk, we first pulled together a list of North Carolina 100 most common jobs using USWage.com. Using this list, we then utilized willrobotstakemyjob.com, to see which of North Carolina jobs had the most (and least) risk of being taken over by AI.

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