Depending on whom you ask, the gig economy either liberates workers from the restraints of full-time, exclusive employment, allowing them to make money whenever and wherever — or creates …
Looking at the numbers, it appears that the economy is recovering nicely from the Great Recession. Unemployment is at 5 percent and the GDP is up, but that doesn't necessarily mean all is peachy-keen in America's job market. In fact, PayScale's Real Wage Index indicates that, despite the decreased unemployment rate, wages have actually fallen 6.5 percent since 2006 (when inflation is factored in). This reality has forced many professionals (employed and unemployed) to turn to flexible side gigs to make some extra cash. However, as it turns out, this "gig economy" could be more detrimental than beneficial to workers. Here's why.
It's something we've been told for years: eventually, the robots will come for all of our jobs. While technological innovation takes time, a recent report by Merrill Lynch predicts that in the next 20 years, 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. are at risk for replacement. This is understandably concerning, but it's important to note that not all careers and industries will be equally affected. Here are a few of the occupations that are much less likely to be overtaken by the machines.