Today we brace for the significant changes that the marriage of AI and automation will have on our workforce, economy, and society. Should we look forward to remarkable advancements in productivity, new opportunities to seek meaning work, and rapid improvements in our quality of life? Or should we

Mckinsey graphic comparing wage and automation potential for jobs

fear immense unemployment, a pinched social fabric, and unprecedented economic inequality?

It’s simply too early to tell.

Many agree that low-skilled labor jobs are the most likely to be affected by automation, however, based on recent research, Mckinsey Global Institute suggests that “a focus on occupations is misleading [because] very few occupations will be automated in their entirety in the near or medium term.” Instead of occupations, Mckinsey places focus on activities. 

Based on that research, the strategy firm developed a Tableau data visualization that presents insights from the detailed analysis of work activities from over 750 U.S. occupations.

The visualization displays the potential of automation for U.S. occupations based on their activities.

“Overall, as much as 45% of the activities that individuals are paid to perform can be automated adapting currently demonstrated activities,” says Mckinsey Global Institute.

While automation disruption is immediate, most likely, workers still have time to develop new skills before the entire automation of any job.