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by 2031
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 15% (No worries)

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Fine Arts
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Actors' job openings is expected to rise 8.2% by 2031
'Actors' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

How many people are employed as actors?

As of 2021 there were 30,100 people employed as Actors within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Actors.

Job description

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

SOC Code: 27-2011.00


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Rahul (No chance) says
Acting is filled with emotions and robots/AI do not have emotions. So it’s impossible for normal robots to take over actors or acting career/jobs.
Jul 22, 2021 at 02:12 PM
Neb Cat (Small chance) says
A.I. will only replace extras in post-production. A GOOD A.I. actor has yet to be seen without help from a human.
Jun 27, 2021 at 09:01 AM
N (Small Chance) says
I do not believe AI would take over the acting industry, voice actors? Yes. But regular actors/actresses? No. I mean, for the sake of the business don't use AI. No one would want to see AI in a movie, playing the main character. Humans are the ones that naturally have the emotions and feelings, I'm not saying robots don't have feelings, because they can easily be programmed to have them. I'm just saying, robots have the short end of the stick when it comes to the acting industry.
May 28, 2021 at 02:23 PM
. (No chance) says
No chance at all. This requires sensitivity, emotion and the ability to make the audience feel for them
Apr 30, 2021 at 01:43 AM
actor (No chance) says
are you stupid???? the whole point of theatre is to breathe life into script.
Apr 28, 2021 at 03:41 AM
B.Sri Pranathi (No chance) says
They always say robots will come in 10 years or 20 years but, no.

If they will be actors or actress for robots they are emotionless and it need facial expressions, humans like to see with different faces or their favorite actors faces etc
Mar 10, 2021 at 04:02 PM
EBH (No chance) says
The public would never settle for robotic actors, they want to see their childhood idles, they want a believable, relatable performance. You can't get that with a robot, or AI
Feb 26, 2021 at 02:11 PM
Nyla :) (Small chance) says
Acting is a thing that one, needs emotion (which I am aware that technology will most likely get advanced enough for that) , and two, I feel like people would feel better and prefer to see humans instead of AI. This is also just my opinion, if you feel differently, that's ok.
Jan 29, 2021 at 05:04 PM
Pablo (Small chance) says
Deepfake technology could hypothetically replace actors, but I expect it to become illegal the day it becomes hyper realistic.

The social unrest Deepfake video could cause (Eliminating the veracity of video as a legitimate source of information) is massive.

If Fake News are a problem now, just wait until we have Deepfake News. Actors won't lose their jobs not because it's impossible to automated their jobs but because the dangers of Deepfake far surpass the potential cost cuts (I could get hyper realistic Deepfake banned in a single afternoon by making a hyper realistic porn film with the president's face).

Also, the actors that get paid 20 million dollars per film only get paid so much because they're famous, if you replaced them with a robot you'd be defeating the entire purpose of super famous actors
Jan 23, 2021 at 12:50 PM
livi (No chance) says
I do not want a robot in my movie(s)/tv show(s).
Jan 07, 2021 at 08:23 PM
Rae (Small chance) says
No AI can replace Ryan Reynolds or Tom Holland
Dec 17, 2020 at 08:35 PM
Harry (Small chance) says
I think it will be hard to Create human characteristics and to make them move like we do.
Dec 02, 2020 at 11:00 PM
takios says
Only a matter of time before actors are replaced completely by AI. It's not a matter of if but when.
Nov 13, 2020 at 02:47 AM
sofia (No chance) says
because as much as we want robots don't have feeling, meaning they cannot act sad, angry or happy
Oct 21, 2020 at 01:41 PM
Vinicius says
The acting profession will never end, because we actors deal with feelings, and robots don't express feelings. It can change in the artificial intelligence in cinema as it already exists in several films, but in the theatre, nothing replaces the actor in front of his audience.
Oct 19, 2020 at 01:01 PM
A Person (No chance) says
I don't think robots could take acting as a job. The robots would have to be realistic. Even if that does happen, it will be too complicated coding on the robot to do it. However, voice acting most likely not because they would have to show emotion and, they would need the right tone. Also, it would replace people who are already willing to voice act. In my opinion, robots will not take acting away.
Oct 18, 2020 at 01:27 AM
Robbie (No chance) says
Robots have no emotion and therefore it wouldn’t be the same. I don’t think you could ever replace an actor, dancer etc with a robot. Why would you ?
Oct 13, 2020 at 12:06 PM
Jack Carroll (No chance) says
Robots have no emotion and acting takes skill
Aug 28, 2020 at 03:43 PM
Joe Blogs (No chance) says
They can't imitate human voices
Aug 18, 2020 at 04:11 AM
Dude (Highly likely) says
Voice actors for cartoons can easily be replaced by AIs. That is like half the market right there.
Jul 24, 2020 at 07:53 AM
Johnny Appleseed (No chance) says
I can't think of a single robot or computer program that could replace Tom Hanks.
Jul 18, 2020 at 03:02 AM
James (No chance) says
the ucanny valley will make any attempts at automating acting futile
Jul 02, 2020 at 09:32 AM
Tides (No chance) says
Requires sensitivity
Jun 29, 2020 at 05:38 AM
Giulia (No chance) says
Because robots couldn’t portray emotion like a person would. And the beauty of acting is that you can live a true story through the characters, and that wouldn’t happen if there were robots acting. There are many more reasons but I’m lazy
Jun 12, 2020 at 12:07 AM
Amelia says
I do not think that it is very likely for robots to take over the job of acting because robots cannot show feelings.
May 04, 2020 at 11:17 PM
Just asking says
what about technology making Photoshop tears
Sep 16, 2020 at 01:44 AM
Kacy (No chance) says
To be an actor you need to have emotion, it has to be as if whats happening to you character is happening to you so having humans with actual emotions is the key to making it believable
Apr 21, 2020 at 08:16 AM
Melvin (No chance) says
Robots cant have the same emotions and stuff like that
Mar 08, 2020 at 11:02 PM
Boxes.Matter (Likely) says
Because technology has increased so much, they will soon find a way too match the same emotions a human has in their sense of tone in speech.
Feb 24, 2020 at 09:02 PM
Sameer Gupta (Highly likely) says
We are already on age where we are using highly augmented videos. We have just unleashed digital capacity and it's on it foot note. Slowly it will start gaining pace. Things will be done on bulk and when we would have more overlook on this more and more talent would grow engaging more people in entertainment industry leveraging on technology then now. Future is coming and changes have already started.. Soon you would see existing actors forever alive in cinemas... In fact we even see Rajanikanth an old actor who can become veteran but is still working and will keep on working in digital images of not even physically...

Changes can't be stopped we are evolving as a Humans...
Feb 08, 2020 at 06:43 AM
KV (No chance) says
Robots cannot sing, and I know that emotions will be very hard to program into a robot singing something like Burn from Hamilton.
Jan 21, 2020 at 05:03 PM
Dan (Highly likely) says
The industry is all about making money. If a movie can be made cheaper using AI actors, why wouldn't be made. Let's see, would your like to pay an actor 20 million dollars and royalties, or an AI actor. The AI actor only costs for the initial cost, no royalties. Royalties are a percentage of the movie profits that goes to the individual actor.

So, If an AI character can be created by a team of programmers and all you are paying for is the time it took them to make this actor. It is all about the money........ it's gonna happen. Here is a list of some actors that made $20,000,000 for one movie.
Jan 07, 2020 at 08:35 PM
Love (Small chance) says
Because NOTHING is a better actor than humans and animals.
Dec 25, 2019 at 02:27 PM
Luis Guzman (Small chance) says
Robots have to have some sort of feelings to be a good actor i dint think they can take their jobs
Nov 20, 2019 at 07:11 PM
Natalia (Could go either way) says
They just do whatever you tell them to, without flaw. I think it could go either way, but I'd prefer actual humans
Nov 20, 2019 at 07:02 PM
Lucelia (Small chance) says
Seeing robots playing humans would not be interesting. I believe that the acting profession will be more valued with the automation of everything, since those who like to connect with others will be able to do so through the performing arts.
Nov 13, 2019 at 01:16 AM
u are wrong says
It would be better than child actors
May 04, 2020 at 02:51 AM
HIJHIIJ (No chance) says
who in would want to watch a movie with robots. It will make it look fake
Nov 11, 2019 at 05:22 AM
John Smith (No chance) says
I don’t think robots could ever express the level of emotion that humans can, and I think this makes it incredibly unlikely that actors will be replaced by robots in the next 20 years
Oct 31, 2019 at 08:32 AM says
Computer graphics and machine learning mean that old actors need never die. Hollywood has resurrected Carrie Fisher, Oliver Reed, and many others post-mortem in order to finish movies. As the technology improves to replace actors, it may be that Hollywood won’t need new ones.
Sep 04, 2019 at 11:27 PM
Mark says
When they take these jobs, or any humanities job for that matter, we'll have a dystopia, where technology rules over what people want and we are subordinates to technology... oh wait
Aug 03, 2019 at 11:09 AM
:) (No chance) says
Though an AI may be highly advanced, it won’t portray the same emotion a human would. I’m not saying AI’s are bad; But even if they can record our voices and learn human cultures, actors can evoke emotions above a robots level to their role. For example, they could be on stage and (if your a stage geek like I am), they need to know how to belt. I honestly don’t think an AI can do that. Now some people would argue that “You can just put the lines into it’s head and it’ll know it all!”, but as an actor/actress, learning the lines let’s the actor/actress gain experience, and grow as a person.
Jul 01, 2019 at 12:46 AM
Guio says
Im lmao with this page! The main problem with robots is that...they are not human! amazing. I think they are not going to be able to replace Humanities jobs in any way (actors, voiceactors, translators, teachers,...) and even social jobs as bartenders or waiters...we do like human contact and also robots are a breach of security (they are not your pals, they can be hacked while u are drinking your ass off or whatever) It could work for a while and then they will crash.
Jun 20, 2019 at 04:17 AM
Christiaan says
Actors just love to... well, act. There's lots of actors struggling to get by - but they just love what they do, so they'll never quit. Money's just never been the object. Why let a robot do what i love to do myself?
As for CGI's, i reckon there will be a future for programmers and animators who 'own' specific builds as famous and popular as 'living' stars are right now. It could earn them lots of money probably. Bet they are just replacing puppeteers. There is a glorious future for puppeteering - who'd have thought...
Jun 05, 2019 at 02:55 PM
seojin (Highly likely) says
the reason why is simple, AI is good at memorying, so if you just tell AI what to do, record voices, BOOM! the show will go perfect
Jun 03, 2019 at 08:37 AM
Evelyn says
No, I disagree, because AI cannot act out the thrills that we get while watching horror movies, or the sadness in romance movies, or the laughter in comedy movies. They are highly skilled, but not that skilled.
Jul 16, 2019 at 11:49 PM
Sans says
and you said "record voices"
Sep 09, 2019 at 08:25 PM
aisha white says
Ya but the problem is that robots lack that human emotion so no I'd have to disagree with you. They may be able to memorize very well, but the execution will probably not be as heartfelt and great as a human's.
Dec 09, 2019 at 03:40 PM
A thought on Digital Reconstruction and Translation (Highly likely) says
Honestly, with the recent advancements in Deep Neural Networks and Computer Vision, as well as increased computing capacity for photorealistic rendering (just look at some of the realtime volumetric capture and reconstructions the Unreal Engine has made possible) the probability of robots (a word used not just for physical machines, but for software as well) replacing human actors is quite high.

The replacement of ALL human actors? Probably not. But when one actor with sufficient motion capture technology can be translated to any likeness needed, the need for large numbers of actors for a single project can be eliminated. Not to mention, with DNNs learning HOW we express emotion through physicality, a director will eventually be able to simply input general parameters, and then fine tune the character to their needs.

Obviously, this will be quite different for live theatre, but for film, tv, animation, and even voicework, digital reproduction will revolutionize the industry.
May 20, 2019 at 04:13 AM
n says
If you want to act just for easy money, I figure it's better if you don't, kiddo
May 19, 2019 at 09:29 AM
Matt says
Well I would like to be an actor when I grow up mainly because you make loads of easy money, which is the reason why robots maybe actually should take over this job because actors get paid a lot they are rich and spoiled.

If robots took over this job then that money would go to more useful things like helping the poor become richer.

Simply put no one will be rich and spoiled nor poor and starving. However, this doesn't mean good news for me because would love to make that kind of easy money.
May 09, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Matt says
This is the shallowest comment I have read in this site.
May 23, 2019 at 04:56 AM
ByA says
Not all actors are rich and spoilt. Yeah, its easy money, but remember they worked for that opportunity of a job, sometimes they work most of their lives to become an actor. AI/robots could never take the job of an actor, we need sentient being to give us some real laughs, real tears, real- anything!
Jun 14, 2019 at 05:38 AM
me man says
Wow i hate you
Feb 03, 2020 at 01:37 AM
00001 says
90% of actors are out of job, and yes, Leonardo DiCaprio makes 20 millions out of one single movie, but most actors struggle to pay the bills. To be honest, if you want to be an actor just because you want to be rich, look into something else, because if you don’t have passion and talent you won’t get far, (and in my opinion there can’t be one without the other)
Jun 12, 2020 at 12:13 AM
Just_A_Person (Small chance) says
There could be a small chance but the fact is the robots won't be able to show the right amount of emotion and chemistry human actors can. Actors make people fall in love with there facial expressions and how they pour there hearts out. Robots won't be able to do that no matter how much programming they have.
Apr 30, 2019 at 03:50 PM
Jako (No chance) says
no way in hell
Apr 29, 2019 at 11:14 PM
Jay (Small chance) says
Even in a worst case scenario where cgi takes over, human actors will likely not be replaced
Apr 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM
ScarletRose (Small chance) says
robots are nowhere near being human enough for our brains to recognize it
Apr 23, 2019 at 06:43 AM
Rb (Small chance) says
I think it’s going to be a while before Robots will be able to act like humans fully
Apr 22, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Renan Tavares (No chance) says
robos can't emote and emotion is the best way to make comedy
Apr 20, 2019 at 04:11 AM
Ana (Likely) says
Robots can act better than humans, if programmed to.
Apr 11, 2019 at 09:18 PM
No (Likely) says
I think that actors will not be replaced by robots as much as by animations and artists.
Apr 08, 2019 at 01:19 AM
Carlos says
CGI actors are becoming more and more realistic.
Apr 02, 2019 at 10:38 PM

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