Weekend Poll Results: Automation & Your Career

Thanks to all who participated in my latest weekend poll. This weekend’s question:

Do you believe automation will impact your career?

While more than 80% of respondents said that their careers have been impacted by tech advances in the past, only 14% of those people considered the impact to be negative.

When it comes to projections of actual job loss due to tech advances, just over 46% of readers signalled that they’ve already seen evidence of this happening. Read on to see what else your peers have to say.

POLL RESULTS

Have technological advances impacted your job in the past?

  • Yes: 81% of respondents
  • No: 19% of respondents

If your career has already been impacted by tech advances, how would you describe the impact?

  • Primarily positive: 64%
  • Neutral: 22%
  • Primarily negative: 14%

Have you seen evidence of administrative job loss due to tech advances?

  • Yes: 46.5% of respondents
  • No: 46.5% of respondents
  • 7% of respondents selected “Other” and one wrote, “admin tasks yes as opposed to whole jobs”

Do you anticipate tech advances will impact your current job in the forseeable future?

  • Yes: 66.5% of respondents
  • No: 26.5% of respondents
  • 7% of respondents selected, “Other” and one wrote, “It is always a possibility when firms are looking to cut costs”

I asked readers how concerned you are about tech advances adversely impacting your job, with ratings from 1 (no concern) to 5 (representing anxiety). Here’s how readers rated their concerns, or lack thereof.

  • 1 (no concern): 33% of respondents
  • 2: 27% of respondents
  • 3: 33% of respondents
  • 4: 0% of respondents
  • 5 (anxiety): 7% of respondents

Some readers offered comments on positive/negative implications for their jobs, as follows.

  • Makes job easier, yet increases workload
  • Impacts include time savings & increased accessibility (a positive & a negative)
  • Advances in software will always be good for us
  • Positive – boring, repetitive tasks have been automated
  • Tech can never take away a business working relationship from clients

Lastly, I asked if readers see opportunities to expand the scope of their roles by virtue of time savings via automation. Here’s what you said.

  • Yes: 69% of respondents
  • No: 31% of respondents
  • 6% of respondents selected “Other” and one wrote, “No, as the need to anticipate/act on peoples’ needs will remain dominant”

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