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Which SoCal White-Collar Jobs Could Be Eaten by Robots?

Carrie Rossenfeld Office

CommercialCafé recently released a report on the highest-paying white-collar jobs most in danger of automation. While previous studies highlighted how low-paid workers and vulnerable communities are likely to be disproportionately affected by technology, the research firm wanted to see what the impact of automation is likely to be on high-paying jobs.

In doing so, the firm looked at the 20 highest-paying white-collar jobs in the U.S., their automation probability, the number of employees, and the main age groups within the most endangered occupations to get a better picture of how serious the shakeup for high-skilled employees could be.

In order to drill down to our market, SoCal Real Estate asked CommercialCafé for a breakdown of the Southern California white-color jobs most in danger of automation. Based on employed-population data at LaborMarketInfo.edd and using San Diego’s One American Tower as a reference point for the data, the firm revealed that compensation and benefits managers in this market stand a 96 percent change of robots taking their job, and budget analysts stand a 94 percent chance. Airfield operations specialists are next in danger at 71 percent, followed by atmospheric and space scientists at 67 percent. Personal financial advisors are next at 58 percent.

SoCal Real Estate was unable to reach CommercialCafé before deadline for further comment on what the figures say about the Southern California region in particular, but the risk of automation for compensation and benefits managers was the same for both SoCal and the nation as a whole. So, what should this group do to protect itself? CommercialCafé’s report says, “Since these managers handle a company’s benefits program and the internal pay structure, they can possibly transition into a human resources department or they could just switch to a different managerial position with similar responsibilities. So, for some, the transition could be as simple as a job title change. The same goes for budget analysts, which have a 94 percent chance of being displaced — a budget analyst could easily transition into a position of accountant, financial adviser, marketing analyst, financial analyst, actuary, or revenue collector, to name a few. Therefore, while the title itself might become obsolete, those who work in this profession could easily find work in similar occupations which require a similar set of skills.”