Replaced by a Machine? U.S. Worker Worries on the Rise

Concerns about tech replacement are now shared by 22% of U.S. workers, rising 7 points since 2021.

Artificial intelligence and other technological advancements have stirred unease among workers.

WHY IT MATTERS – Concerns about job automation contribute to overall unease with the state of the U.S. economy.

THE NUMBERS – A Gallup poll surveyed employed Americans about their concerns regarding tech replacement. Distinct trends emerged among specific demographic groups, categorized by education, age, household income, and gender.

College graduates were less concerned than those who did not graduate college:

  • 20 percent – college graduate
  • 24 percent – not college graduate

Younger workers were the most concerned:

  • 28 percent – ages 18 to 34
  • 23 percent – ages 35 to 54
  • 13 percent – ages 55 +

Sub-six-figure earners express greater concern compared to high earners:

  • 27 percent – earning less than $100,000
  • 17 percent – earning $100,000 or more

Fear of tech replacement was almost equally shared between men (22 percent) and women (23 percent).

THE BOTTOM LINE – The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence and other technologies are increasing the economic anxiety of U.S. workers.

GO DEEPER – More U.S. Workers Fear Technology Making Their Jobs Obsolete