10 States Where Robots Are More Likely To Steal Human Jobs

Robot arms pouring beer
Two robotic arms by Industrial robot manufacturer Kuka pour a beer for guests attending the Summit of the Business20 (B20) in Berlin on May 2, 2017. The B20 forum is a debate platform to discuss the G20 economies. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Robots have been something of both fear and fascination for a long time. Shows like The Jetsons depicted what life might be like in the future when we could have flying cars and robot maids to simplify our lives. The truth is, we’re much closer to having a robot workforce than you may think and certain jobs are more likely than others to be taken over by robots.

SmartAsset put together research looking at how many jobs in each state are likely to be taken over by robots. The ranking took a look at how many total jobs are in each state, and how likely different professions are to be automated. Read on to find out which states have the most jobs likely to be taken over by robots. The No. 1 state is a popular tourist destination with far too many jobs easily automated.

 

 

Jobs in These States Are Most Likely to Be Taken Over by Robots

 

11. West Virginia

fulfillment distribution,
fulfillment distribution,

Many of West Virginia’s key industries are ones that are susceptible to automation including fulfillment distribution, manufacturing, and aerospace. Companies like Amazon have already made significant strides in automated fulfillment facilities. In fact, CommonSense Robotics, an Israeli startup, launched its first automated fulfillment center in 2018. As more advancements in automation are made, more jobs will be at risk including over 370,000 in West Virginia.

Jobs are at risk: 54.78%

 

10. Alabama

medical device manufacturing
medical device manufacturing

Alabama is home to many medical device companies. So many, in fact, that medical devices is one of the state’s leading industries. Healthcare is one of the major industries that are vulnerable to automation, especially as more research is performed and discoveries made. But that’s not the only place Alabama workers stand to lose jobs to robots. Other key industries include distribution and food production. All in all, there are over 1 million jobs in danger of being taken over by robots.

Jobs are at risk: 54.99%

 

9. Texas

A robot assembling washing machines in a factory.
A robot assembling washing machines in a factory.

As the second-largest U.S. state, it makes sense that Texas would have proportionally more jobs at risk than any other state on this list. However, the actual amount is truly jaw-dropping. Texas has over 6.5 million jobs at risk of being taken over by robots. According to SmartAsset, the jobs most at risk are retail salespeople, fast food preparers, and office clerks. Texas is also a big manufacturing state, according to the Texas Economic Development website, and that’s one industry that’s very susceptible to automation.

Jobs are at risk: 55.01%

 

8. Florida

 financial services
Financial services

While the tourism industry is certainly booming, there are many other key industries that keep the Sunshine State at work. Among those are logistics and distribution, financial services, and manufacturing, according to the Enterprise Florida website. Financial services may seem like an unlikely industry to be automated but the truth is many companies are now turning to AI technology to keep up with the increased amount of financial data. All in all, over 4.6 million jobs are at risk in Florida.

Jobs are at risk: 55.03%

 

7. Mississippi

Cashiers
Cashiers

Mississippi has over 600,000 jobs at risk of being taken over by robots. Among a large number of at-risk jobs are a lot of cashiers and material movers, according to SmartAsset. Some of Missippi’s bigger industries are also vulnerable. From agribusiness and aerospace to manufacturing and healthcare, thousands of jobs stand to be taken over by robots and put Americans out of work.

Jobs are at risk: 55.09%

 

6. South Carolina

Manufacturing Assembly Line
Manufacturing Assembly Line

Like many states, South Carolina’s biggest industries include some that are most vulnerable to automation. Over 1.1 million jobs are at risk in the state. There are also numerous jobs that are a very low risk of being taken over by robots. SmartAsset notes that police offices and general managers are generally safe from being automated. That being said even law enforcement has a use for robots. Some agencies are employing robots to help patrol communities and it has also become more commonplace to use robots on bomb squads.

Jobs are at risk: 55.09%

 

5. Montana

Montana Dairy farms
Montana Dairy farms

Agriculture is by far one of the largest industries in Montana and also fairly susceptible to being taken over by robots, but that’s not where it ends. SmartAsset reports that other occupations like retail cashiers and salespeople in the state have at least a 90% chance of being automated. While over 250,000 jobs in the state are at risk, all hope is not lost. Trades like electricians have a low risk of becoming automated.

Jobs are at risk: 55.36%

 

4. Louisiana

Student Cashier
Student Cashier

Of the over 1 million jobs at risk in Louisiana, approximately 70,000 of them are cashier positions, according to SmartAsset. This is not unlike many other states since cashier positions have a 97% chance of being automated in the future. If you think about it, self-checkout kiosks are not that uncommon anymore. And an increasing number of stores are installing them while simultaneously reducing the number of lanes available for real cashiers to man.

Jobs are at risk: 56.44%

 

3. Wyoming

Truck Driver
Truck Driver

SmartAsset estimates that over 149,000 jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots in Wyoming. Like many other states, cashiers and retail salespeople have a target on their backs but there was also a significant number of tractor trailer drivers and construction equipment operators at risk in the state. Between the aforementioned occupations that accounts for approximately 17,000 of the at-risk jobs.

Jobs are at risk: 55.90%

 

2. South Dakota

salespeople
salespeople

South Dakota comes in at No. 2 with over 240,000 jobs at risk over 58% of the total jobs in the state. Cashiers and retail salespeople are on the front of the line with jobs most likely to be automated. There are also a significant number of truck drivers, construction equipment operators, and material movers that have a significant risk of losing their jobs to robots, according to SmartAsset.

Jobs are at risk: 58.49%

 

1. Nevada

Robot arms pouring beer
Two robotic arms by Industrial robot manufacturer

In the No. 1 spot is Nevada with over 760,000 jobs at risk — nearly 60% of all jobs in the state, according to SmartAsset. As far as what jobs are most vulnerable, there are many of the usual suspects including cashiers, retail salespeople, and waiters. The problem for Nevada is the sheer number of those jobs in the state due to the booming tourism industry. Even gaming dealers have a high risk of being automated. Imagine Sin City completely run by robots.

Jobs are at risk: 59.16%