The majority of people think that IT automation will create more jobs than it will eliminate.

According to new figures from Pew Research, 52 per cent of people believe any jobs that become surplus because of automation will be supplemented by the creation of other positions.

This aligns with the belief many automation experts have long maintained, that job prospects will actually improve as a result of automation, because many low-paid, menial tasks will be replaced with something a little more technical. Furthermore, these higher-level roles will command a su itably higher salary to boot.

Pew Research quizzed 1,896 experts from a number of different fields and industries to find out just where they thought the market was headed, itproportal.com reports.

Not all of those who predicted job increases said this would come from automation, though. Others simply believed that new developments and technologies would bring about enough work to cancel out any automation-based decreases. This increase in workloa d, it was noted by pewinternet.org, has been evidenced for decades or even centuries.

Regardless of people’s expectation for the future job market, most were in agreement that schools should soon start thinking about changing the subjects they teach to better reflect today’s job market. It was said that a changing job market will leave t oday’s young people at odds with the skills or attributes required of them. Only by modernising the syllabus, respondents claimed, will schools be able to adequately prepare its students for today’s work environment