Go­ing Down?

Bulletin - - Jobs Of The Future -

Au­to­ma­tion con­tin­ues to re­duce the repet­i­tive el­e­ments of jobs. But au­to­ma­tion usu­ally af­fects only cer­tain as­pects of work, and in many cases tech­no­log­i­cal change even cre­ates new fields of ac­tiv­ity. Public re­la­tions of­fices to­day also man­age so­cial me­dia ac­counts – this be­came pos­si­ble only with the emer­gence of so­cial net­works. Viewed his­tor­i­cally, full au­to­ma­tion (= sub­sti­tu­tion) is the ab­so­lute ex­cep­tion. Ac­cord­ing to economist James Bessen, there is only one oc­cu­pa­tional pro­file in the US that has dis­ap­peared al­to­gether in the past decades: el­e­va­tor op­er­a­tor.

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