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Report Finds That Technology Is Killing Middle Class Jobs

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Labor market experts shared somber news about middle-class jobs – they have been lost and are not very likely to return.

The worst part is that these aren’t just factory jobs we’re talking about, they are your everyday jobs in service sectors. Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of “Race Against the Machine” says that the jobs that are going away are not coming back because of sophisticated computer technology.

Employment categories from secretaries to travel agents are disappearing because of smart phones and tablet computers that are allowing people to work from anywhere and are built with skills and abilities that eliminates the need of an actual person operating it.

Experts are predicting the loss of millions of jobs in the future as technology becomes more sophisticated and reaches deeper into our daily lives and it’s not just in America. Maarten Goos, a Belgium economist, says that Europe could double its middle-class job losses.

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Some jobs such as software engineers and app developers will benefit from the rise in the sophistication of technology but others will definitely feel the change. A study done by the Associated Press revealed these key findings:

– Technology is eliminating jobs in office buildings, retail establishments and other businesses consumers deal with everyday.

– Technology is being adopted by every kind of organization that employs people. It’s replacing workers in large corporations and small businesses, established companies and start-ups. Technology is being used by schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and other medical facilities; nonprofit organizations and the military.

The most vulnerable jobs are those that require workers to do repetitive tasks that programmers can write for such as an office manager filing forms, an accountant checking a list of numbers or a paralegal searching for key words to help with a case. Even managers and supervisors are not as protected by their college degrees. 

One thing the Recession has taught companies how to do is become more efficient with less manpower and that trend is not going to change, despite the small gains and increases in the economy. Think about it…

Do you use a kiosk to pay your cell phone bill?

Ever went through the self-checkout lane at a grocery store?

Have you booked a vacation or hotel room online?

Ever bought clothes or books online instead of in a store?

Software is picking out blots in medical scans, running trains without conductors, analyzing Twitter traffic and more. Occupations that have been the livelihood of middle-class workers for generations can disappear in a few years.

[AP]

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