Up to 40 per cent of current Australian jobs could disappear within the next 10 to 15 years as robots and computers continue their unstoppable advance. They have already replaced humans in workplaces such as factories, supermarkets and airline check-in counters. Now white-collar professions are under threat.
Schools and universities are churning out students with qualifications for jobs that may well not exist, instead of giving them the skills they need to tackle jobs not yet created.
The full-time employment rate for new graduates is now under 70 per cent, the lowest rate in more than 30 years.
The jobs most at risk of computerisation are those that include routine, repeatable tasks or transactions that can be handled online — roles which can be performed by people such as telemarketers, accountants, lawyers, retail sales and real-estate agents.
The skills and professions that are safe from automation are those that are highly skilled and creative or require a human touch — roles filled by nurses, baristas, beauticians, physical therapists, dentists, personal trainers and firefighters, among others.