REVEALED: How automation will impact your industry
THOUSANDS of jobs in key industries across the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region could soon be automated.
The Mackay Isaac Whitsunday Future Employment Study was headed by the Greater Whitsunday Alliance and provides a detailed insight into the future of jobs in agriculture, healthcare and social assistance, mining and mining equipment, technology and services as well as tourism.
GW3 CEO Kylie Porter said the report revealed some significant changes in the types of jobs in the future, noting that technology would replace workers in several sectors.
"In 2030 most, if not all, jobs in this region will require a combination of people and technology," she said.
"It does not matter if you think you're in a traditional sector or are in a traditional type of trade or qualification, the research clearly says that change is coming.
"Digital technologies will impact every job across every single sector, to some degree."
GW3 commissioned global consulting firm KPMG to complete the study, which revealed some interesting insights into how automation would impact the key sectors.
The agriculture industry makes up 2 per cent of employment in the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region and had an annual average growth of 3 per cent from 2015 to 2020.
It was predicted that 40 per cent of jobs in fruit picking, vegetable packing, meat packing and bookkeeping within the industry would be automated by 2030.
The greatest impact of augmentation on full time equivalent jobs would be felt by sugar cane growers, agricultural and mobile plant operators, beef cattle farmers, farmers and farm managers, bookkeepers and beef cattle farm workers.
However, by 2030, 311 full time equivalent jobs in ICT were predicted to support the implementation of technology in agriculture.
This was estimated to grow to 417 full time equivalent jobs by 2035.
The key technologies headed for the agriculture industry included automatic and robotics, novel farming techniques, sensors, navigation robotics technology, artificial intelligence and data platforms, water management technology, supply chain and food and waste management and biosecurity.
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
Health care and social assistance jobs make up 10.4 per cent of employment in the region and has grown by 5.2 per cent from 2015 to 2020.
The occupations with the highest predicted levels of automation within the industry are hospital orderlies, pharmacy technicians, medical receptionists, admission clerks and pathology collectors.
The report predicted that about 40 per cent of these jobs would be automated by 2030.
Automation was also predicted to reduce the workforce of admission clerks, medical receptionists, pathology collectors, pharmacy technicians, retail pharmacists and sonographers.
The report said 40 per cent of registered nurses, physiotherapists registered medical officers and optometrists were predicted to be augmented by technology by 2030.
Among the key areas where technologies were set to grow included electronic medical records, precision medicines, electronic medication management and artificial intelligence.
To help support the growth of technology in these areas, an estimated 339 full time equivalent jobs were predicted by 2030, growing to 458 by 2035.
MINING AND METS
The mining and METS industry makes up 17.5 per cent of employment in the region with an annual growth of 2.2 per cent between 2015 to 2020.
By 2030, the industry would experience a decline of more than 1800 full time equivalent jobs for miners and more than 1700 full time equivalent jobs for fitters because of automation, occupational decline and job projections.
The only exceptions for job reductions in the mining sector were mine deputies, building and engineering technicians, metallurgical or materials technicians and maintenance planners.
The report predicted automation would occur in all other areas of mining.
However, the big losses were softened by a prediction of more than 1300 full time equivalent jobs in ICT by 2030.
These jobs were likely to support key technologies including automation and robotics, sensors and sources geospatial data and 3D mapping and artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The tourism sector makes up 6.8 per cent of jobs in the region and includes accommodation and food services as well as sales assistants and cleaners.
Over 40 per cent automation was predicted for kitchenhands, fast food cooks and travel consultants by 2030.
It was also predicted automation would drive reductions in jobs for receptionists, commercial cleaners, general clerks, sales assistants and retail managers, totalling a decline of about 2128 full time equivalent jobs by 2030.
The report predicted that by 2030, about 979 ICT jobs would be created to help tourism technology, growing to 1200 by 2035.
These ICT jobs would assist the implementation of more technologies like augmentation and virtual reality, visitor tracking, in room technologies and social media.