Are Robots the Workforce of the Future?

As technology continues to advance, many people are worried that robots will take their jobs. These people may actually have good cause to worry. One source estimates that robots could take as many as 38 percent of all jobs from workers by the early 2030s. Robots, and automation have already begun to infiltrate modern society and take jobs from workers.

For example, in many grocery stores now, instead of a human cashier, shoppers are forced to use an automated cashier. The advent of driverless cars will most likely dramatically reduce the amount of Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers. And this is just the beginning.

Why is automation becoming so popular?

The reason why automation and the use of robots to perform work tasks is so popular is because it saves employers lots of money. For example, if a fast food restaurant can have its customers place orders through an order kiosk, then it doesn’t have to pay someone at the counter to take orders. This saves the company thousands of dollars, or even tens of thousands of dollars per year.

With such incredible savings to be made through robots or automation, it seems unlikely that companies will hesitate at any opportunity that they may have to implement machines wherever they can.


However, despite the fact that robots and automation may replace many jobs, new jobs are always being created. Technology replacing workers is also nothing new. For example, when the tractor was invented, it could replace dozens of farm workers at many farms. The people who lost their jobs on farms then became factory workers. The implementation of robots or automation can also make products cheaper.

So, despite the fact that robots and automation may take a lot of jobs, new technology will also create more jobs. For example, drone pilots are now being paid to do insurance inspections through sites like That job was not even around ten years ago. Many more jobs like this will be created in the coming decades. So, new technology is not just something to fear, it can also be something to look forward to, and it can create many opportunities as well.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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