AI to replace 38% of US jobs by 2030: How will healthcare fare?

Although a significant segment of jobs will likely be replaced by artificially intelligent technologies over the next 15 years, this trend may not heavily impact healthcare, according to a PwC analysis.

PwC researchers analyzed occupations in various industry sectors and used machine learning techniques to suggest how they will be affected by AI.

Here are five findings.

1. By the early 2030s, 38 percent of existing U.S. jobs will likely be automated.

2. By contrast, 35 percent of existing German jobs, 30 percent of existing U.K. jobs and 21 percent of existing Japanese jobs are at risk of automation for the same time period.

3. The likelihood of automation is highest in the transportation, manufacturing and retail industries. The risk is lowest for education, healthcare and social work.

4. Although automation will likely boost productivity and wealth, it will also increase income inequality, according to PwC.

5. While engineers have made significant strides in AI and robotics, PwC stressed there are still economic, legal and regulatory constraints that may restrict the reach of automation.

"A key driver of our industry-level estimates is the fact that manual and routine tasks are more susceptible to automation, while social skills are relatively less automatable," said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC. "That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI."

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