A group of experts for regional issues in Australia issued a report highlighting the top 10 places in Australia that are most vulnerable to the replacement of jobs by new technologies.
According to data from the Australian Regional Institute, Mount Gambier in southern Australia is at the greatest risk of losing jobs due to automation, with 33.49% of its occupations classified as "highly vulnerable".
According to the data, Mount Gambier in southern Australia runs the biggest risk of losing jobs due to automation
Regional areas and centers of industry and services are more likely to be replaced by new technologies
Mount Gambier's economy is driven by the service industry and its key business areas include retail, hospitality and tourism.
The most vulnerable areas
1. Mount Gambier: 33.49%
2. Gawler: 32.84%
3. Sorell: 32.86%
4. Griffith: 32.01%
5. Warrnambool – 31.95%
6. Albury: 31.84%
7. Victor Harbor: 31.82%
8. Shellharbour: 31.72%
9. Tea Tree Gully: 31.66%
10. Valle de Moonee – 31.63%
The city of Gawler in southern Australia came in second place with 32.84% of the jobs considered "highly vulnerable". A semi-rural area, Gawler has a population of 26,472 and key industries include retail, tourism, construction and health.
The city of Sorell, in Tasmania, was not much better, with 32.06%. With a population of only 2,907, most people are employed in administrative and administrative work or construction.
Other regions of southern Australia that made it to the top 10 list are Victor Harbor and City of Tea Tree Gully.
The Victorian cities of Moonee Valley and Warrnambool had a percentage of vulnerable jobs greater than 31%, as did New South Wales, Albury, Griffith and Shellharbour.
The least vulnerable areas
1. North of Sydney – 19.95%
2. Nedlands: 17.88%
3. Subiaco – 22.85%
4. Sydney: 25.61%
5. Ryde: 21.38%
6. Canberra: 24.25%
7. Melbourne: 25.64%
8. Lane Cove – 20.31%
9. Yarra: 22.16%
10. Port Phillip: 22.68%
But why are these places considered more at risk than others?
The group of experts shows that the professions that are most at risk of being replaced by robots are in the retail and hospitality fields, particularly cash operators, office cashiers and receptionists.
The least exposed fields are the medical professions and midwifery, education and the legal, social and welfare professions.
Regional areas and centers of industry and services have a higher proportion of people working in these high-risk industries, making them more susceptible to job replacement.
Large metropolitan areas, on the other hand, have lower risks of job replacement. Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne are all cities that are considered to have a low level of vulnerability.
Regional Australia Institute CEO Jack Archer believes that regional areas should begin to prepare for the future.
However, he remains optimistic that while some jobs will be lost or drastically changed due to automation, many new jobs will be created in the process.
The less exposed fields are the medical professions and midwifery, as well as teaching and legal, social and welfare professions.
The professions that are most at risk of being replaced by robots are found in the retail and hospitality fields.
"Some regional areas are more susceptible to automation than others, and each region also has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses to cope with the changing nature of work," said Mr. Archer.
The think tank is expected to release more work in the coming months to help regions prepare for the future and focus on creating employment opportunities in the region of Australia.