GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

The Future of Work in America: people and places, today and tomorrow


Automation technologies promise to deliver major productivity benefits that are too substantial to ignore. They are also beginning to reshape the American workplace, and this evolution will become more pronounced in the next decade. Some occupations will shrink, others will grow, and the tasks and time allocation associated with every job will be subject to change. The challenge will be equipping people with the skills that will serve them well, helping them move into new roles, and addressing local mismatches.

This report represents the next stage in our ongoing body of research into the capabilities, potential, and economic impact of these technologies. This work began with A future that works: Automation, employment and productivity, in which we analyzed the automation potential of every occupation by looking at the extent to which its constituent activities can be handled by currently demonstrated technologies.