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How automation is going to affect jobs in pharma, core, auto and consumer sector

Source | The Economic Times : By Sreeradha Dasgupta Basu & Saumya Bhattacharya

The workplace is at a tipping point with automation changing the way companies work. A host of sectors are beginning to adapt to the future of work in the context of automation. ET brings you a lowdown on how the pharma, core, automotive and consumers sectors are responding to automation, and what it means for skills and jobs in these industries.

PHARMA
Reskilling at the organisation level.
Areas where automation is happening.
Manufacturing and supply chain, sales, labs, clinical trials, compliance, training.

IMPACT
Near Term

The pharma world loves paper. But automation will do away with most of the paper trails.. Clinical trials and drug development will move to the virtual world.

Long Term
3D printing will transform drug delivery. Personalised drugs will be delivered at your doorstep.

ROLES THAT COULD SEE CHANGES
Shop-floor personnel, lab analysts, front-end sales and R&D might see rationalisation.

NEW SKILLS NEEDED
Basic digital literacy (operating tablets, think systems, think data, etc).
Managing automated systems.
Problem solving.
Design thinking.
Adaptability to new technologies, ability to work collaboratively and flexibly.

HOW TO PREPARE EMPLOYEES
Sensitise employees that work in the machine age need not be a battle of human versus machines.

Quote:
Automation at Cipla is helping us deliver on our credo ‘Caring for Life’. Organisations need to reskill and upskill their employees by developing skills that machines can’t replicate — creativity, problem-solving, ingenuity Prabir Jha, global chief people officer, Cipla

CORE SECTOR
Automation essential for competitiveness.

Areas where automation is happening:
Automation is happening at a rapid pace. In the power sector, for instance, one can see state electricity boards go in for smart grids to control power distribution.

IMPACT
Imperative for improving competitiveness, not only in the domestic market, but also in increasing exports.
Will have a multiplier effect of increasing domestic demand, leading to increased job creation.

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