Automation And The Workforce : Automation

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Automation and the Workforce

Professor Zimmermann
Technical Composition Instructor
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Callaghan T. Harden
EN-132 Student

February 10, 2015

Table of Contents
Table of Figures i
Abstract ii
Introduction 1
What is Automation? 1
Benefits of Automation 1
The Disadvantage of Automation 1
Blue Collar Jobs 2
Transportation 2
Retail 2
Manufacturing 2
White Collar Jobs 3
Finance 3
Law 4
Science 4
The Problem 5
Conclusion 5
References 6

Table of Figures
Figure 1: Google 's Self-Driving Car 2
Figure 2: Baxter, a General Purpose Robot 3
Figure 3: What Stock Trading Looks Like Today 4

Automation is rapidly changing society as we know it. Today many jobs are starting to be eliminated by automation. Two researchers at Oxford stated that about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk to automation (Frey and Osborne 1). In today’s society, workers around the world face narrowing job opportunities because of automation. Automation is affecting how various industries operate. Various industries are starting to use automated systems in place of human workers including transportation, manufacturing, retail, finance, law, and science. As more and more industries start to automate the size of the workforce will decrease dramatically, and society needs to find ways to adapt as industries automate.
Humans have spent the last several thousand years making tools to minimize the amount of physical
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