Will your job be around in the future? Researchers calculated the likelihood of various occupations being overtaken by a computer like Watson. Take a look at the coming machine age. Read related article.
Researchers examined how susceptible jobs are to computerization using nine variables that affect automation. Each variable ranges from 0 to 100. With the exception of the "cramped work space" variable, a higher number means a lower likelihood of computerization.
Perception and Manipulation
Finger dexterity: Using fine motor skills to grasp, manipulate or assemble very small objects.
Manual dexterity: Using gross motor skills (e.g., moving your hand or arm) to grasp, manipulate or assemble objects.
Cramped work space: How often does this job require working in awkward positions?
Originality: Developing creative ideas or solutions about a given topic, situation or problem.
Fine arts: Knowledge of theory and techniques required to create works of music, dance, visual arts, drama or sculpture.
Social perceptiveness: Being aware of and understanding others’ reactions.
Negotiation: Bringing others together and reconciling differences.
Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Assisting and caring for others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support or other personal care to others.