Robots are coming for your job, we mean it and we're not talking about manual labor or physical work but even highly technical jobs like sensing emotions, for example. The latest research by McKinsey stated that women's jobs will be affected very differently by automation and it's only good news if women will prepare themselves for the future.
Emotional, social and technical skills will be more in demand
One might think that automation is too far off to think about, but it a mere 10 years, the workplace will have changed far too much. However, McKinsey does state that a majority of women will fare better than men as 7% to 24% (40 to 160 million) of women will need to change their occupation as against 8% to 28% of men. Also, emotional, social and technical skills will be more in demand than ever before, since physical and manual skills will be carried out by bots. Here's where women are at an advantage because they are equipped with better social and emotional skills than men, generally speaking, and will help women bag jobs in the future. The report also stated that automation would help women focus on other important tasks, leaving behind administrative work which takes up so much of their time at work. "In an emergency room in 2030, for instance, health workers could spend less time doing clerical work (due to the adoption of preregistration by mobile phone, computerized checkout and billing, and AI-led diagnostic tools) and physical work, but more time interacting with patients," said the report.
The benefits of automation will outweigh the disadvantages
However, clerical work employs a majority of women which means that they could suffer great losses because of automation in this domain and this could vary from country to country. With that said, the benefits of automation will outweigh the disadvantages since technology will make flexibility and remote work more common which will be a great boon for women, particularly working mothers. More importantly, one of the fastest-growing employment sectors like healthcare will give a massive boost to women's employment about 58% of job gains. Therefore, women must educate themselves about the future of work and how countless jobs will undergo an evolution which will affect them either for the better or worse. Indian woman particularly are at a loss, since a majority of them have a small set of skills or work in the agricultural sector about 60 percent of them and have a long way to go. Hence, it is vital that governments of developing countries ensure that women aren't left behind in the race to an automated future.
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