Do you worry about robots someday taking over the world? If so, you're not alone. Some of the world's leading tech entrepreneurs, like Tesla's Elon Musk, worry about artificially intelligent robots.
You have reason to worry, as it turns out. If your job has you performing tasks that can be automated, your job security is on shaky ground.
As it turns out, about 45% of job tasks performed today can be taken over by robots, using current technology, according to researchers at McKinsey & Co. Up to 60% of jobs can be automated in full or in part.
McKinsey & Co. analyzed 750 types of jobs, and 2,000 types of activities, that can be automated. (See chart.)
So, is your job at risk? McKinsey found that jobs that require you to do repetitive tasks like cutting or moving things are high on the list of jobs that robots can take over. Those include machine operators, sewing machine operators, dredge operators and cashiers.
High-wage jobs are replaceable, too. In fact, today, airline pilots are in control of flights for less than seven minutes, with auto-pilots doing the rest.
Other jobs at risk of being taken over by robots: auto mechanics, laundry workers, butchers and bakers. So, if you like working, which jobs are least likely to be replaced by robots?
Those include CEOs, who have to manage a lot of workers and make many decisions. Also safe: public relations workers, accountants, landscapers and several others.
There is good news, though. "Very few occupations will be automated in their entirety in the near or medium term," according to McKinsey & Co. executives. "Rather, certain activities are likely to be automated."
The researchers say that jobs will change, and people will adapt. As an example, they talk about the one-time fear that bank tellers would be replaced by ATMs. While you may interact far less with bank tellers than you once did, there are still more than 520,000 bank tellers working today, according to the Department of Labor.
Note: Click here to use the interactive map above. You can search for your job, to see if it's at risk of being taken over by a robot.