Could you have imagined as a kid that Google’s driverless cars and consumer space travel would actually exist when you grew up? And how many more incredible sci-fi inventions are on their way to the mass market? Yet to have enough room for the new, the old sometimes has to go. As our society becomes more and more tech-driven, expect these 10 jobs to disappear in the next couple of years.
1. Newspaper reporter
The future of traditional printed media becomes more and more uncertain with over a million blog posts published daily and a long line of freelance writers competing to pitch the juiciest story to top online publishers. As the advertising revenues shrink, having a permanent staff of reporters with an average salary of $37,090 per year makes deeper holes in the tiny budgets of traditional news outlets.
As we are gradually shifting towards a greener and more sustainable environment with more paper products going digital, the lumberjack has been marked as one of the disappearing jobs, with at a projected 9% decrease in employment by 2022. At a certain stage, I believe we will end with all human labor replaced by advanced technologies.
3. Flight attendant
Frankly, it was my dream to become a flight attendant when I was a kid and I was really sad to learn that by 2022 we will see 7% fewer of these charming ladies (and gents) welcoming us on-board. As the air carriers struggle to beat one another with more competitive prices and by reducing all sorts of possible costs to maximize profits, a whopping number of flight-attendant jobs have already been cut, and the hiring projections for the next decade promise no positive changes. As most aircraft today are equipped with screens to demonstrate security rules and advanced automated security equipment, having numerous flight attendants on-board is no longer needed.
4. Mail carrier
How long have it been since you last sent a letter by snail mail? Or paid your utility bills that way? Years, right? Expect to see at least 28% fewer postal carriers within the next decade. While older folks argue that the fuel cost and getting a motorcycle license in Texas—basically all you need for a fast mail delivery—are still cheap, paying an average salary of $53,100 per year hurts most service providers with less and less first-class mail sent each year.
If you ever written a research paper, I bet you know how incredibly effective these folks can be—helping you to format the sources properly, suggesting a few more points to cover and navigating around the huge library collection with ease. However, they are still not as fast and effective as any search engine. With top universities shifting library services online, keeping traditional librarians becomes pretty costly. If today a masters degree in library science still costs a small fortune, in 10 years it would become absolutely priceless as no one would pay a single penny for vague job prospects.
6. Fast-food cook
What? Have those days already came when a robot will serve me a hamburger? I seriously doubt that, yet as Forbes implies, in a decade we should expect at least a 3.6% decrease in jobs for low-skilled cooks who can easily be replaced with advanced cooking facilities.
7. Tax examiner and collector
Right after utility-bill payments, taxes have also gone digital as most companies already opt to use technologies for streamlining the tax examining and collecting process, instead of hiring extra workers costing around $50,440 annually.
8. Taxi dispatcher
With apps like Uber and Lyft on the rise, along with car sharing and even bike sharing services, taxi dispatchers will become an extinct species, eventually being replaced by even smarter apps able to dispatch cars where they need to go.
Nope. That does not mean that all of our foods will be produced with a few clicks on a 3D printer. Nonetheless, fewer farmers are needed to cultivate grains each year due to technological advances and new ways to grow larger crops with less human labor required.
10. Travel agent
Do you really still need a dedicated travel agent to purchase your air fare or plan an itinerary for you? With Bing Travel, Google Flights, Kayak, Skyscanner and a bunch of other flight-search engines, scoring dirt-cheap tickets has become as easy as one, two, three. Same goes for booking a nice room with a view somewhere in Paris after checking a bunch of real reviews and scanning all the prices. Airbnb allows you to rent an awesome apartment somewhere spectacular and Couchsurfing will let you sleep for free on a fellow traveler’s couch. And just look at all those travel bloggers out there. Their blogs already have all sorts of itineraries and things to do in almost every city in the world. Now, what are the chances we’ll still see this profession in 10 years?
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