risk level
Based on 442 votes
by year 2032
or $20.73 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

81% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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We haven't found any important qualities of this job that can't be easily automated

User poll

49% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 81% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Models' job openings is expected to rise 9.2% by 2032

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.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Models' was $43,130, or $20 per hour

'Models' were paid 6.9% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 2,070 people employed as 'Models' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 71 thousand people are employed as 'Models'.

Job description

Model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

SOC Code: 41-9012.00


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Jonathan Golland (Low) says
This is ridiculous. A robot couldn't possibly be a model. Models and modeling is dependent on beauty and each man or woman has their own style and Beauty to bring to the table even though universally models are supposed to be thin, and healthy
Mar 17, 2024 at 05:02 AM
Anon (Moderate) says
Given there’s already face/body generating sites like thispersondoesnotexist, plus the amount of touchups/modifications they already make on everyday adverts for billboards etc. doesn’t seem impossible - no human is perfect looking. That being said, there will probably still be positions at the top for the very attractive people whose looks get them celebrity status. And I suppose for runway stuff also.
Dec 12, 2023 at 09:52 AM
jack (Highly likely) says
Highly likely. AI is already creating people, you can program it to create literally any person. You can make them "perfect" or add flaws.
Apr 19, 2023 at 05:42 PM
patreongirl says
Real humans are extremely attractive. While some people might always choose bots and ignore the uncanny valley, intellectuals will see the negative implications and find it strange.

There are individuals who find joy in modeling, possess talent, and should be rewarded financially for being good at their jobs. If AI threatens the careers of human models, there will likely be pushback from the general public because AI models don't represent them or their appearances.

There are incredibly beautiful humans who struggle to find normal jobs outside of modeling or jobs based on their appearance because of sexual harassment and unsavory individuals. Therefore, let's not destroy one of the only industries where they can be taken seriously.
Jul 26, 2022 at 03:04 AM
Rei (Highly likely) says
With computer engineering, we can make 3D models smoothly, as we see in VTubers. Sometimes, humans can perfect how a model's "body" looks to match what consumers want. We can give it beauty with a big body frame or just a small frame. You can make anything and any pose you want.
Apr 20, 2022 at 01:30 PM
Miguel says
I would like to know about catwalk models and runway models. It's a dream of mine to become a fashion model. I know CGI is taking a lot of ground, but those are just for pictures. At the catwalk, can AI replace the model's charisma, command of the room, aura and charm?
Mar 07, 2022 at 05:28 PM
Julie says
The best self made models dont make that much from walking, sometimes you won't get paid at all. The money is in editorials and shoots for companies, you prolly cant rely on catwalks alone, especially if u want to retire, sadly.
Nov 29, 2023 at 08:02 PM
Lizzy Murder (No chance) says
I am a child model, and maybe this is because I am literally 12, but I highly doubt robots will steal modeling. I can see more AI being used, but I think that most people will still be more likely to buy clothes if they see them on a human. However, there may be an end to runway modeling.
Jan 24, 2022 at 11:40 AM
Nash (Uncertain) says
I think it's both. There will be computer generated models and real human models.
Mar 28, 2021 at 02:56 AM
robot fuckr says
shheeeesh robot looking hot af
Feb 13, 2021 at 04:56 AM
says (Highly likely) says
Yes they can when they have a robot with human flesh body
Jan 21, 2021 at 01:40 AM
Rodrigo da Silva Guerra (Uncertain) says
I think people also like to relate to models as people, to know about their lifestyle, about their opinions and so on, as celebrities. Although I have confidence computers will be able to generate realistic artificial images, for some types of ads models will still be required. Perhaps the ones to be automated are those low paying, volume jobs for large web catalogues.
Nov 21, 2020 at 03:54 PM
Sebastian says
If they manage to break the "uncanny valley" then models will be replaceable because it will be almost impossible to distinguish the difference between a real person and extremely sophisticated AI combined with CGI. However, no one is remotely close to accomplishing this and this only applies to the digital side. A model has a very physical presence and realistic robots do not exist.
Oct 28, 2020 at 05:24 PM
bonehead says
not yet
have you not played detroit: become human?
Mar 11, 2022 at 04:11 AM
Elif says
models are probably the least useful people in society. they don't necessarily have to be pretty or feminine they just have to be tall and skinny. modelling first will become more inclusive then gradually disappear. no human being deserves to make a living out of his body only! they should be encouraged to be more useful in society with the works of their minds.
Jul 15, 2020 at 02:56 PM
shrek side hoe says
Models contribute to society and if they wanted to stop modelling or being known for their bodies they could have chosen a different profession or quit just because you don't think they are contributing to society but they help marketing and the clothing and fashion industry and quite a few models have used their platform for good so you can keep your feelings to your self thank yew
Feb 18, 2021 at 12:28 PM
Your Girl's main man (Uncertain) says
robot playboy mags, yuck!
Jun 23, 2020 at 09:27 PM
zaira says
it will be horrible (╬▔皿▔)╯🤦‍♀️😢😢😢😢╰(艹皿艹 )
May 05, 2020 at 02:00 PM
my name is what my name is what my name is what my name is chicka-chicka-chicka slim shady (Highly likely) says
you could easily use cgi to create the perfect looking human
Mar 18, 2020 at 09:16 AM
bob you mom (Low) says
because robots cant have that natural beauty humans have
Jan 23, 2020 at 11:36 PM
Corrina says
Each photo nowadays is being graphically edited and the result is far from reality. People use filters and rather believe in/publish/look at their artificially "nicer" self. I can imagine just using specific details/data of real top models and building a digital one. The photo can be created without a real person still being realistic and perfect. That's why real models will be less likely necessary. Using digital figures will be/is cheaper than a real model and there will be/is a high demand for CGI artists.
Sep 10, 2019 at 09:48 PM
ItchyHeadRn says
You guys are missing the print. Models only exist because some rich person wants to have pretty people around them.
Jul 18, 2019 at 05:51 PM
Progressive (Uncertain) says
Not sure this is such a bad thing... Just means people will be required to use their brain to success in life
Jul 13, 2019 at 09:33 PM

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