Physicians and Surgeons


Will "Physicians and Surgeons" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 30% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 0.4% probability of automation

Most likely
Least likely

How this compares with other jobs: 15 out of 706

Cast Your Vote

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

Job description

SOC Code: 29-1060

If you're thinking of starting a new career, or looking to change jobs, we've created a handy job search tool which might just help you land that perfect new role.

Search jobs in your local area


Kev (No chance) says
Very socially oriented job
Higher level cognitive skills and holistic approaches to care mean it is very difficult to totally replace job
Mundane tasks will certainly be automated however
Jun 09, 2019 at 07:24 AM
Doc says
I think, you are a physician, aren’t you?
Let me tell you, physicians can be easily replaced by Watson right now. Nurse can write symptoms on her own. Watson will provide diagnosis. So, where do we need physicians here? Right, to write prescriptions. Thus, the only obstacle here is the obsolete law that can be easily changed. It is how does capitalism work. Remember, money before patients ;)
Jun 16, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Ruth Edmonds (Small chance) says
A lot of what we do is to follow algorithmic like guidelines, which could be automated, but to fully cover everything you have to have a low index of suspicion. Given investigation may be damaging to health and we sometimes need to think laterally I am not sure that AI can cope with that yet, or even new syndromes
Jun 07, 2019 at 08:49 PM
Dmi says
As an AI developer, I can tell you that robots have it. It is called anomal values detection. Ai is outperforming physicians already. Tbh, is much cheaper and much effective than most of physicians and surgeons. You have had a moment of glory. Now it is time to walk away.
Jun 16, 2019 at 12:39 PM
chris (Likely) says
Robots have already been able to outperform surgeons in some surgeries based on quickness and precision and they will continue to improve.
Apr 17, 2019 at 08:20 PM
Coool says
Do you want a robot doing surgery on you Chris?
Apr 24, 2019 at 02:39 PM
I don't want to die
Apr 25, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Nicola says
People also do not want self driving Trucks too kill them and Experts say they will come anyway.

Where is the differences?
Jun 05, 2019 at 10:40 PM
Nicola says
You also don’t want to get killed by a self driving Truck but experts say they will come anyway.

Why shouldn’t they replace at least surgeons when they’re good enough and kill less people then human surgeons?
Jun 06, 2019 at 03:00 PM
So true
Apr 25, 2019 at 11:40 AM

Leave a reply about this occupation

Your email address will not be published.
Email (optional)

Have your say

Tom on Psychologists, All Other

he he on Graphic Designers

John Doe on Writers and Authors

Kwise on Sheet Metal Workers

Matthew J Watson on Bakers