Since the release of tools like ChatGPT, artificial intelligence (AI) has begun to permeate industries worldwide, transforming the way we work and live. To gain insight into this rapidly evolving landscape, Visual Capitalist’s Marcus Lu and Sabrina Lam – using data from MSCI – have ranked U.S. industries by their estimated share of employment that could be exposed to AI-driven automation.
This analysis comes from a March 2023 report published by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research. The authors estimated automation exposure for over 900 U.S. jobs using the O*NET occupational database, which provides details on the types of tasks each occupation conducts. Exposure estimates were then weighted by the employment share of each occupation, and aggregated to the industry level.
|Industry||Estimated Share of U.S. Employment Exposed to AI (%)|
|Office and administrative support||46%|
|Architecture and engineering||37%|
|Life, physical, and social science||36%|
|Business and financial operations||35%|
|Community and social service||33%|
|Sales and related||31%|
|Computer and Mathematical||29%|
|Farming, fishing, and forestry||28%|
|Healthcare practitioners and technical||28%|
|Educational instruction and library||27%|
|Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media||26%|
|All industries average||25%|
|Personal care and service||19%|
|Food preparation and serving related||12%|
|Transportation and material moving||11%|
|Construction and extraction||6%|
|Installation, maintenance, and repair||4%|
|Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance||1%|
According to these findings, “office and administrative support” will likely be the most affected by AI-driven automation at 46%. This transformation could largely impact common tasks such as data entry, scheduling meetings, and document management.
The second highest industry, “legal”, trails close behind at 44%. AI is expected to automate legal processes like contract analysis, and could even be used to anticipate court case outcomes. As expected, industries that won’t be heavily impacted are those that rely heavily on manual labour, like “construction and extraction.”
AI is still a very new and developing technology. How it will impact labour productivity in the future depends on its capability (how fast it improves) and adoption (how quickly people and businesses begin using it). Adoption rates are unlikely to be the same around the world, as survey results have shown that some countries are more optimistic towards AI than others.
Under the most aggressive scenario, Goldman Sachs believes that AI automation could impact up to 300 million jobs globally and potentially result in a 7% increase in annual GDP (equal to about $7 trillion).
Given AI’s massive potential for disruption, it’s more important than ever for investors to stay ahead. That’s why MSCI has created the MSCI ACWI IMI Robotics & AI Index, which benchmarks an investable universe of companies associated with the adoption of AI, robotics, and automation.