Women in industries threatened by AI and automation urged to ‘upskill’

Artificial intelligence and automation are seeping into our daily work lives, and office workers are among those whose jobs are being filled by machines.

That’s according to new research provided to ABC News by an Australian education organization that urges people to upskill so they don’t lose their jobs.

Pearson’s research looks at the roles that are likely to be automated as technology advances.

Historically, much of the conversation around automation has focused on robots taking over factory jobs or even replacing retail assistants in the form of self-service checkouts in supermarkets.

Pearson’s data also shows the less obvious images of automation pervading office environments, including medical receptionists, accountants and personal assistants.

a graph showing job losses and breakdowns by gender

“Some of the key (jobs) that are most affected by technology are things like receptionists, waiters, bank workers, retail sales assistants,” according to Sandya Baratha Raj, director of data science at Pearson.

“And what’s interesting is that a lot of these roles are more likely to be dominated by women.

“Women are more likely to be negatively affected by technology than men.”

Take the job of a translator. A decade ago, many of Polaron’s domestic service employees worked manually for customers by listening to or reading languages ​​and translating them into text and speech.

There is now a plethora of software including speech recognition that does the basics of its job. Many people have used a form of this in Google Translate.

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Google Translate can do much of the work that interpreters used to do.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

“I think a lot of translators will become proofreaders,” Polaron projector coordinator Tristan Priolo told ABC News.

“They will be ladies, instead of translators.”

Seventy percent of Polaron’s translators are women. Some are older women who are less tech-savvy and able to keep up with the rapid technological advances in the industry.

“Unfortunately, a lot of our (translators) are falling behind because they can’t keep up or haven’t chosen to keep up,” Priolo said.

“The industry is competitive. And they can’t necessarily make as much money from proofreading as they can from translation.

“But having said that, they could do a lot more.”

Pearson’s analysis found that by 2032, more than 10 percent of the work currently done by translators will be automated, and many will be in female-dominated industries.

Ms. Priolo herself speaks Spanish and Italian. She trained in translation at university, but she worries about specializing.

“I would love to be able to do that (job). But I am concerned that there is no stability,” he said.

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Polaron Projector Coordinator Tristan Priolo has noticed that many parts of translation and interpretation are now done by machines.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

All of this comes as the Federal Government is holding a jobs summit on the future of Australia’s workforce.

Data already reported by ABC News has found that artificial intelligence (AI) technology is forecast to replace up to half of the work done today by 2030.

That’s because roles once considered too creative to be consumed by AI, from illustration to songwriting, are also threatened by rapid technological advances.

Workers worry that they have not received adequate training for digital advances

New survey results also shared with ABC News by industry body CPA Australia, a lobbying group for accountants, financial advisers and bookkeepers, found that one in two workers don’t think they’re being trained for the advancements. digital.

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