It should not come as a surprise that the only jobs that are growing are the ones robots have yet to take over.
It would be quite a surprise to me, given that there are more low end jobs now that at any time in history.
Here’s an exercise. Think about 1970. (Doesn’t matter, choose 1980 or 1990 if you like.)
How many Dollar Store clerks back then? Right, zero. OK, how many WalMart cashiers? A lot fewer, obviously. (OK, there were a few at the local stores WalMArt displaced, but they had fewer aisle stockers, truckers, parking lot cart attendants, etc.)
How many nail salons were there back then? How about pizza delivery drivers? Oh, waiters, cooks, bus boys? In 1970 there was one restaurant for every 7,500 people. Today it’s one for every 300.
Did you notice a lot of people hiring landscape companies to mow their yards back in the 70’s? Now you can hardly drive down the block without passing three of them working busily on somebody’s grass.
Call centers in 1970 America? Not so much. Today? They’re all over the place. E-commerce warehouses? I would hazard a guess there are more now than then.
People have been complaining about automation since the Luddites, or since Henry Ford, or since Roomba vacuumed its first floor. We have moved from farming to manufacturing, and now from manufacturing to service. We show an inordinate desire to pay people to do things we would rather not do ourselves: cook dinner, trim the sidewalk, clean the house, stand behind a counter and ask “fries with that?”
Don’t worry. When those jobs go away there will be others to replace them, because there is an endless list of things we’d rather pay people to do than do them ourselves. That’s how it works. That’s how it has always worked.