risk level
Based on 1,669 votes
by year 2031
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2022

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Automation risk

15% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Fine Arts

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

28% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 15% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Actors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Actors' job openings is expected to rise 8.2% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 54,160 people employed as 'Actors' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 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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Momo (No chance) says
Robots will never have the emotional range and deep knowledge in acting technics to be able to replace human actors
Sep 22, 2022 at 07:44 PM
Miguel (No chance) says
Well, extremely realistic voices already exist in games, film and animation. CGI Is also being used right now. But the way i see it, neither of those will replace the personality of an actor, and his/her beauty, which makes us fall in love with him/her.
Sep 01, 2022 at 02:19 PM
john,Fitzgerald,Kennedy fan (Low) says
If one clever individual codes a robot with the acting skills of some of the most famous actors into its motherboard, then yes.

But no, I searched "comedian" and it showed "actor".
Aug 26, 2022 at 10:19 PM
It’s not that far says
The big studios already own the likenesses of your favorite actors and actresses, even the likenesses of the background people. They are waiting for the time when technology can make a decent voice that doesn't sound canned.
Jun 08, 2022 at 03:01 AM
MMK (No chance) says
No one wants to watch a bunch of robots on screen no matter how much it cuts costs. There’s no money, passion and chase for fame in them. Animated picture and cartoon robots would have more acting potential.
Apr 16, 2022 at 11:41 AM
Wojtek Chrust (No chance) says
How would machines replace real people actors? Actors can modulate their voices for different situations and make difficult facial expressions. Also, robots could experience system crashes mid-recording, requiring a section to be recorded again. If we are talking about on-stage actors, such as those in theatres, then facial expressions become even more important.
Mar 25, 2022 at 06:49 PM
Alvin(Data Scientist) (No chance) says
As much as I HATE this occupation, unfortunately, it will not be automated. In my opinion, it’ll be one of the only jobs left for us. If you want a job in the future, you better be ready to entertain others….
Oct 11, 2021 at 07:15 AM
D.T. MacTavish (Moderate) says
To a degree yes it will be automated, I can see actors just selling their likenesses to studios to implement into AIs that will mimic them. This will probably happen first in animation, but I don't think actors will ever entirely go away. There might be templates for fake background actors that don't do much which probably could be easily created using AI. But the novelty of having the actual big-name actor in your movie instead of an AI version will still be a thing and that's why I think they won't entirely get rid of actors.
Aug 10, 2021 at 03:11 AM
Your mother (Uncertain) says
At the end of the day, humans bring a sense of authenticity that I don't think a robot can, especially if you know that it's a robot. The reason jobs want robots is cos you ain't gotta pay a robot or give it toilet breaks.
Jul 24, 2021 at 08:28 AM
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 (Low) 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 :) (Low) 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 (Low) 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 (Low) says
No AI can replace Ryan Reynolds or Tom Holland
Dec 17, 2020 at 08:35 PM

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