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Robots may take 5 million jobs over the next 4 years

Robots may take 5 million jobs over the next 4 years
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We've been telling you a lot that many jobs in the future will be taken over by robots. You can guess what some of them are.

If a job is automated, like a heavy engine being placed inside the shell of a car, robots can do that. They are doing that. But robots are also taking over a lot of jobs with repetitive functions that may not pop into your head. That includes a waitress taking orders, or an airline counter clerk checking you in, or a data entry clerk typing in numbers.

In short, your job will likely be taken over by a robot. Recently, we told you that a research study found that 45% of job tasks can be taken over by robots. Plus, some aspects of 60% of jobs today can be automated, and handled by robots.

Now, we're finding out just how many jobs are at risk. As it turns out, 5 million jobs will be taken over by robots in just four years, in 2020.

That's according to the World Economic Forum's "The Future Of Jobs" report, in which it describes the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" (more on that in a minute). More troubling, the jobs that are at risk of being lost to robots are not hard labor, but office jobs, such as administrative assistants.

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