Jobs in hospitality and retail are among the occupations in Tasmania most vulnerable to automation, according to a new report into the future of jobs in regional Australia.
The Job Vulnerability in Australia report by the Regional Australia Institute breaks down at-risk jobs by local government area, and estimates what percentage of jobs are ripe to be replaced by technology.
Sorell, north-east of Hobart, fares the worst in the state, with almost a third of all jobs at high risk of being lost to automation.
The north-west coast was not far behind, with about 30 per cent of all jobs in Burnie, the Central Coast and Devonport classified as highly vulnerable.
Out of the 29 local government areas in Tasmania, 21 of them had over a quarter of their jobs considered highly vulnerable.
Most of the jobs at high risk of technological replacement in Tasmania are in the retail and hospitality sectors, with sales roles, food preparation and general clerks singled out.
The report also included a ranking of professions from most safe to least, with medical professionals, midwives, marketing professionals and teachers among those jobs least likely to be replaced by technology.
Accounting clerks, insurance clerks and receptionists were at the bottom of the list, but retail jobs like sales and cashiers were also considered highly vulnerable.
Despite the negative outlook, General Manager of Policy and Research at the Regional Australia Institute Dr Kim Houghton said the result was a lot better than previously predicted.
“A couple of years ago there were some rather hysterical doomsday scenarios about 40 to 50 per cent of all jobs will go in the next five to 10 years, but we thought these were a bit over the top perhaps, and we also realised they weren’t really playing out in regional Australia, so we decided to update the numbers,” he said.
“I think what’s happening is the extent of that fearmongering is softening as people understand more how technology is impacting on jobs.”
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This article was published as part of my paid employment with the ABC. It was published on 5/9/2018, and is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-05/hospitality-jobs-most-vulnerable-tasmanian-jobs-for-automation/10201224