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.


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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