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10 Jobs Disappearing Due to Technological Advances

10 Jobs Disappearing Due to Technological Advances

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

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    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.

    2. Lumberjack

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      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

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        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

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          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.

          5. Librarian

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            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

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              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

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                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

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                  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. 

                  9. Farmer

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                    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

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                      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?

                      Featured photo credit: Andy Purviance via flickr.com

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                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

                      You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

                      Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

                      “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

                      It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

                      Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

                      As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

                      As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

                      Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

                      Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

                      1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

                      When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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                      Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

                      2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

                      Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

                      But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

                      If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

                      Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

                      3. Go to All Office Networking Events

                      Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

                      If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

                      Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

                      Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

                      The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

                      Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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                      4. Show Initiative

                      Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

                      Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

                      Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

                      5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

                      Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

                      Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

                      6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

                      A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

                      Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

                      Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

                      A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

                      Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

                      Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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                      These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

                      Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

                      7. Find a Mentor

                      With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

                      Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

                      Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

                      Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

                      8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

                      After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

                      What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

                      Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

                      Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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                      You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

                      9. Set Your Professional Bar High

                      Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

                      Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

                      Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

                      Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

                      “Half of life is showing up.”

                      The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

                      Remember, your career is your business!

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