More than one in five workers in the United States now express anxiety that technology may make their occupations obsolete. This is a rising issue among People.
According to a poll released on Monday, 22% of Americans worry that their employment “may become obsolete because of technology.” This is the highest proportion of respondents who have expressed this concern since Gallup started monitoring the issue in August 2017.
Just 13% of people back then concerned that technology will eventually replace their area of employment. The percentage increased to 15% in 2019 before increasing to 17% in 2020 and then falling down to 15% in 2021. Notably, since the 2021 survey, artificial intelligence has gained popularity and received greater attention from the general people.
According to Gallup, fears of being replaced by technology have increased among workers with college degrees from 8% to 20%:
At the same time, worry among workers without a college degree is virtually unchanged at 24%. As a result, whereas non-college-educated workers were previously much more concerned about technological replacement than college-educated workers, these groups now express similar levels of concern.
Concern about technology making one’s job obsolete is also up more among younger than older workers, widening the generational gap evident in 2021. It has also increased more among those making less than $100,000 than those earning $100,000 or more.
After anxieties that their salaries or benefits would be reduced, technology making one's job superfluous is the third most common worry among workers, according to a Gallup study. 24 percent of respondents are anxious about having their salary cut, while 31% are worried about having their benefits lowered.
Also, the survey found that 19% of respondents worry about losing hours, and 20% worry about getting laid off. Only 7% of employees said they worry that their firm might send employees abroad.
491 part-time or full-time adult employees from the United States who were telephone interviewed from August 1 to August 23 make up Gallup's sample. Five percentage points are plus or minus the margin of error.