A million Israelis could lose jobs to computerization, shows report

May 16, 2016 02:32

Some one million Israelis are working in occupations at risk of disappearing within the next 20 years due to computerization, according to a Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel report released for publication on Monday.

“Research shows that a large percentage of jobs as we know them now are likely to become obsolete in the near future as a result of technological advancement,” the study titled, A Picture of the Nation 2016, states.

Workers at the highest risk of being replaced by technology include those without college degrees and those already earning less – in other words, those of lower socioeconomic standing.

Thirty-nine percent of those employed in 2011 ages 25-64 were in occupations characterized as at high risk of being replaced by technology within two decades, the researchers wrote. These occupations included watch repairers, tailors, telephone salespeople, data-entry clerks and bank clerks.

An additional 20% of those employed were at medium risk, while 41% of workers, including doctors, psychologists, choreographers and social workers, were considered at low risk.

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