Will "Editors" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 32% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 6% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $29.50 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 140 out of 707

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How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

SOC Code: 27-3041

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Zio says
Even if AI reaches a point at which it can write technical concepts, such as some bots we see today, there will still be a need for editors to look over everything afterwards and change the initial style and way of writing to fit the current emotional and social stance towards the audience or group of people the writing is intended. So maybe there will be a decrease for the need of editors but not full on automation until AI truly gains emotional intelligence.
Jan 08, 2020 at 12:56 AM
papa danya (Small chance) says
My answer is based on the progress in machine translation we have seen over the last, say, 25 years. Editing (not generating smooth texts out of pre-processed blocks) requires a level of language capabilities yet unseen in AI-powered solutions.
Sep 27, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Kyle. Raposo (No chance) says
It involves creativity, so unless we get a smart enough AI to have its own creativity and personality than there is no chance.
May 09, 2019 at 05:14 PM

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