More robots doing manual labor means less humans doing manual labor. However, there is still a need for skilled workers. One industry that is looking for the right help is food production.
Jason Smathers of the Sheboygan Press Media, posted to the Post Crescent:
The industry is still growing — albeit slower than metal fabrication — and the skills required for the jobs have changed. Increased automation and robotics in the processing and packaging of food materials means new hires in production are expected to be more attuned to maintenance of the machines and a focus on a more supervisory role — especially with looming retirements in some companies. A labor shortage in the industry may make it harder to fill those roles.
The article talks about one of Wisconsin’s largest food producers, Sargento. They are using automation to increase production instead of reduce workers. That increased production means they need more skilled workers, particularly those with knowledge of sanitation, safety, and quality control.
Automation can both kill and create jobs.