BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nearly half the tasks done by workers in East Baton Rouge Parish could be replaced with existing automation technology, according to a new study chartered by economic think-tank, Brookings.
Food service, production, office support, farming, and transportation are the five fields most likely to be impacted by automation. More than 80 percent of the tasks completed by a cook could also be completed by a robot.
Other studies have projected more than a third of American jobs could be automated in a decade. Minorities, young people, men, and people without a college degree are the demographics most likely to be impacted.
Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) economist, Dr. Ali Bustamante, said Friday members of the workforce should not be concerned because automation is already happening.
“We’re actually seeing an extension of a trend that’s existed for some time that we’ve been able to deal with and adapt to,” he said. “A lot of us, without even knowing it, have been preparing for a long time after advances with smartphone and mobile technology.”
Someone will have to operate the machinery, of course, and Bustamante said automation can allow humans more time to complete more essential tasks. Because automation happens over time, he said workers will probably not notice a dramatic, immediate change to their daily routines.
“We really don’t know what the future technologies will be,” he said. “But we do know that they will come at some point and we’re going to have time to adapt.”