14 of Maine’s Top Jobs at Risk of Being Taken Over by Robots

Customer service representatives have a 99 percent chance of seeing their jobs replaced by robots.


The robots are making their way to Maine, and it’s not just for a weekend getaway.

Using information from Oxford University, NPR created a database of jobs and the likelihood they’ll soon be done by a robot.

According to the Bangor Daily News, “fourteen of the top 20 jobs in Maine - in terms of numbers of workers - have a 50 percent or greater chance of being taken over by robots, the Oxford University researchers hypothesize. Ten of those have a likelihood of greater than 85 percent, including customer service representatives, which are considered 99 percent likely to be handed off to some kind of androids.”

PHOTOS: 10 Jobs Robots Will Never Replace

Here are the top jobs in Maine, how many people perform them and the likelihood they will be taken over by robots in the future, according to the NPR/Oxford University research:

Retail salesperson - 18,390 workers - 92.3 percent likely to be taken over by robots
Cashier - 16,550 - 97.1 percent
Registered nurses - 13,890 - 14.5 percent
Office clerks - 11,590 - 86.5 percent
Restaurant waiters - 10,970 - 93.7 percent
General or operations managers - 10,950 - 6.9 percent
Secretaries/administrative assistants - 10,770 - 86.5 percent
Combined food preparers and servers (such as fast food franchise employees) - 10,110 - 93.7 percent
Janitors and cleaners - 9,790 - 66.3 percent
Nursing assistants - 9,480 - 14.5 percent
Personal care aides - 9,280 - 38.5 percent
Heavy equipment and tractor trailer truck drivers - 8,670 - 78.6 percent
Customer service representatives - 8,330 - 99 percent
Stock clerks and order filers - 8,200 - 98 percent
Teacher assistants - 7,640 - 55.7 percent
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks - 7,240 - 97.6 percent
Elementary school teachers - 6,880 - 0.4 percent
Retail supervisors - 6,870 - 27.9 percent
Food preparation workers - 6,270 - 96.3 percent
Laborers and freight movers - 6,150 - 72.4 percent

[Source:] Bangor Daily News



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