AI (Artificial Intelligence) letters and robot hand are placed on computer motherboard in this illustration taken, June 23, 2023.
It warned, however, that clerical work would likely be the hardest hit, potentially hitting female employment harder, given women's over-representation in this sector, especially in wealthier countries.
An explosion of interest in generative AI and its chatbot applications has sparked fears over job destruction, similar to those that emerged when the moving assembly line was introduced in the early 1900s and after mainframe computers in the 1950s.
But most other professions, like managers and sales workers, are only marginally exposed, it said.
Still, the U.N. agency's report warned that the impact of generative AI on affected workers could still be "brutal".
Dado Ruvic, Emma Farge, Alison Williams
REUTERS, Rights, International Labour Organization, Thomson