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Here's how many Texas jobs are at risk of being replaced by AI — according to AI
ChatGPT seems to have its eyes set on at least 200,000 Texas jobs, according to a new study.
The report by UK-based affiliate marketing site NetVoucherCodes compiled data on nearly 200 U.S. job types and then asked ChatGPT for each job’s relative risk from AI, automation, and also the likelihood of AI increasing that job’s productivity.
The query found that 237,000 jobs in Texas have a high risk of being replaced by AI, and 1.07 million jobs are considered at a medium risk of being replaced by AI.
Similarly 1.8 million Texas jobs were considered at a high risk of being replaced by automation. More than 3 million jobs were considered at a medium risk of being replaced by automation.
In both the AI and automation queries, Texas had the second-most at risk jobs among the states. California had the most jobs at risk in both categories. New York fell behind Texas in the No. 3 spot for most jobs being at risk of being replaced by AI, and Florida had the third most jobs at risk of being replaced by automation.
Maine had the highest number of low-risk jobs, followed by Hawaii and Montana.
Texas jobs that were both at high risk and made up a large portion of Texas's workforce include fast food and counter workers, cashiers, customer service representatives, and stockers and order fillers.
“The data we’ve pulled together shows that a lot of lower income jobs are the ones that are at a higher risk of being replaced. When we break this down, we realize it’s because these jobs often involve a lot of the same repetitive tasks. This can be inputted into a computer and can be done automatically," John Strizaker from NetVoucherCodes said in a statement.
“The jobs that aren’t at risk are ones that really require human thinking and decision making, like nurses, doctors along with creative roles such as fashion designers and hairdressers," he continued.
At the same time, the study found that more than 1.4 million Texas jobs have a high likelihood of being able to use AI and automation to boost productivity. This was the second highest number of jobs in this category behind California.
“Although this might be a concern in the near future, there’s a lot of benefits to AI and automation," Strizaker said in the statement. "It will increase productivity, especially in creative fields and it will be able to take over repetitive tasks and free up workers for other things that require thinking.”
Some Houston companies are already using GPT, or generative pre-trained transformer, technology to their advantage. Femtech company ema pivoted to use the powerful tool to provide access to women's health information 24/7 to its users about 16 months ago.
And at the start of this year the University of Houston and Intel launched a new artificial intelligence program to help bridge the AI knowledge gap and fill hundreds of AI-related jobs that are open in the Houston area.