As many as 800 million workers worldwide may lose their jobs to robots and automation by 2030, equivalent to more than a fifth of today’s global labor force.
That’s according to a new report covering 46 nations and more than 800 occupations by the research arm of McKinsey & Co.
The consulting company said that both developed and emerging countries will be impacted.
Machine operators, fast-food workers and back-office employees are among those who will be most affected if automation spreads quickly through the workplace.
The good news for those displaced is that there will be jobs for them to transition into, although in many cases they’re going to have to learn new skills to do the work.
Those jobs will include health-care providers for aging populations, technology specialists and even gardeners.