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Is Your Job Exposed to ChatGPT?

Accountants and writers are among the jobs that could be most affected by AI tools. Most jobs will be changed in some form by new AI tools, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and OpenAI, the company that makes the popular AI tool ChatGPT. But for nearly 20% of jobs, at least half of their tasks could be completed much faster with ChatGPT and similar tools. Here are some of those jobs.

The researchers found that at least half of accounting and auditing tasks could be completed much faster with the technology. Research has also found that state-of-the-art GPTs—generative pre-trained transformers—excel in tasks such as translation, classification, creative writing and generating computer code.

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Several scenarios in the study found that 100% of the tasks performed by mathematicians could be done more quickly with the technology.

Information-processing roles—including public relations specialists and court reporters—are highly exposed, the study found.

Another highly-exposed job, blockchain engineers working on the technology underpinning bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The jobs that will be least affected by AI tools include short-order cooks, motorcycle mechanics and oil-and-gas laborers.

The researchers didn’t predict whether jobs will be lost or whose jobs will be lost, said Matt Beane, an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who studies the impact of technology on the labor market and wasn’t involved in the study. The real challenge, he said, is for companies, schools and policy makers to help people adapt. “That’s a multi-trillion dollar problem,” he said.