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AI Anxiety Index: Are you worried about AI replacing jobs?

55% of American adults are concerned about how AI will impact their job.

More than half (55%) of American workers are at least a little scared that they will lose their job to artificial intelligence (AI), according to a survey conducted as part of Finder’s quarterly Consumer Confidence Index.

But the degree to which people fear AI taking over jobs varies. At one end of the scale of fear, some are either extremely (13%) or very concerned (11%) about what AI in the workplace means for their future job security, compared to those who might be more apprehensive about the role that AI will play in the future rather than outright terrified: somewhat (18%) and slightly concerned (14%). Finally, there is a solid amount who are not concerned at all at 45%.

Men are more threatened by AI than women

Only 35% say they are not worried about AI’s impact on their jobs compared to 51% of women.

Anxiety over AI high among younger generations

Gen Z (67%) and gen Y (61%) are by far the most concerned about artificial intelligence taking over and impacting their job prospects, compared to 45% of gen X and just 27% of baby boomers.

The West is worried about what AI means for their jobs

Those living in the West are most fearful about AI and the future of work at 67%, compared to just 52% in the Midwest.

Fill-time employees have the most extreme concern

Those who are employed full-time are the most likely to report extreme concern (14%) about the rise of AI, compared to just 7% of those working part-time.

Worry begets worry

Those already worried about being laid off in the next 12 months are also concerned about artificial intelligence taking over jobs, with 77% expressing concern.

Industries most concerned about AI

The top three industries concerned about AI’s impact on jobs are agriculture (86%), marketing and communications (73%) and arts, entertainment and recreation (65%). Whereas just 40% of those working in legal services expressed any concern.

What makes these figures all the more worrying is that a combined 17% said they would only be able to live off their savings for a week or less if they lost their job tomorrow, with 11% saying they’d last under a week. And just where 22% said that they were investing their money in high-interest savings accounts.

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Richard Laycock

Richard Laycock is Finder’s NYC-based senior content marketing manager & insights editor, spending the last decade data diving, writing and editing articles about all things personal finance. His musings can be found across the web including on NASDAQ, MoneyMag, Yahoo Finance and Travel Weekly. Richard studied Media at Macquarie University, including a semester abroad at The Missouri School of Journalism (MIZZOU). See full profile

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