Will robots & AI replace Doctors?

Updated on August 24, 2021
by Cristian Gonzalez

Your job as Doctor has between 0.30% to 35% chance of automation. You are mostly fine.

Will robots & AI replace Doctors?

Do you think your job as Doctors is safe from automation and Artificial Intelligence? Robots will destroy our jobs – and we’re not ready for it. For every job created by automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. This disruption will be devastating for jobs like Doctors.

Based on the 2013 study it’s unclear if Doctors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence. Doctors have between 0.30% to 35% chance of automation risk Level.

That means Doctors should not be too worried about losing their job to a machine. Check the following table to see if your specific job is at risk of being automated to some degree.

Automation risk level by type of Doctor

Job title Risk Level
Dietitians and Nutritionists 0.30%
Audiologists 0.33%
Occupational Therapists 0.35%
Orthotists and Prosthetists 0.35%
Physicians and Surgeons 0.40%
Psychologists 0.40%
Dentists 0.40%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 0.40%
Podiatrists 0.40%
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 0.40%
Mental Health Counselors 0.40%
Speech-Language Pathologists 0.60%
Medical and Health Services Managers 0.70%
Registered Nurses 0.90%
Forensic Science Technicians 0.90%
Pharmacists 1.20%
Chiropractors 2.00%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 2.00%
Orthodontists 2.30%
Veterinarians 3.00%
Psychiatric Technicians 4.00%
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 4.00%
Prosthodontists 5.00%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 5.00%
Respiratory Therapists 6.00%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 10.00%
Physician Assistants 14.00%
Epidemiologists 20.00%
Surgical Technologists 34.00%
Radiation Therapists 34.00%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 35.00%

Where is this data coming from?

Thanks to advances in technology, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are… A January 2017 report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that roughly half of today’s work activities could be automated by 2055, give or take 20 years.

Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Time to think again.

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