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These 20 Jobs will Disappear in the Following 20 Years


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The career choices available 20 years ago were a lot different to the career choices available today. And, they will be even more different in the next 10-20 years. As jobs evolved, so did technology.

If you asked someone in 1990 what a Cloud Architect or Chief Listening Officer did, nobody would be able to tell you because those jobs didn’t exist…yet. With the propulsion in software, computer, and robotics development, the necessity for some traditional jobs have started their decline and may disappear altogether, for eternity.

Everyone keeps telling us that an automation apocalypse is approaching so is it possible to accurately predict new careers that will be needed in the future? Or perhaps, it is easier to predict 20 jobs that probably won’t be around in 10-20 years.

1. Librarian

Source: Wired.com

Anyone born before Google had to visit a library to research and a librarian assisted you with finding books according to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Would millennials know how books are classified? The use of libraries is decreasing while the use of robots in libraries is increasing.

2. Newspaper Printing

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With the rise of the e-book and instant online news, not only will libraries and librarians become extinct, but so will the print industry. Skilled printer technician jobs are endangered for this dying art form due to online availability and a sharp drop in newspaper readership.

3. News Broadcasters

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The days of waiting for the news headlines on the radio or TV are fasting disappearing. We don’t have to wait to hear news to read us at certain times because we can access global news from multiple sources with the touch of a button.

4. Newspaper and Postal Services

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When newspaper printing ceases so will newspaper delivery jobs. Instant online news and electronic reading devices are fast replacing the conventional hard copy. Email and online bills are becoming more popular than relying on postal services, which will impact the jobs for postal mail sorters and clerks.

5. Dispatchers

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Dispatchers will be less and less required as computers, satellites, and GPS devices are able to route resources to various destinations, if not quicker and more accurate than a human. Although automated car driving is only now in the development stage, it may dominate the future.

6. Travel Agents

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Again, technology is allowing us to self-service and bypass a human assistant. There are thousands of vacation deals and flight comparison websites online and most of these allow you to be your own travel agent to find, book and pay for your trip online and in one go.

7. Assembly Line Workers

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Invented in 1902, the assembly line for the automotive industry created millions of jobs globally. Last century, 99% of assembly line jobs were carried out by humans. However, robots are getting smarter, quicker, and more precise to handle repetitive assembly line manufacturing for cars, computers, phones, etc.

8. Telemarketer

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A lot of us may be relieved to hear this as they are deemed to be such a nuisance. The demand for telemarketing roles is dwindling. Internet marketing is proving to be far more effective through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media for instant visibility and engagement.

9. Cashiers

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As mentioned earlier, technology is enabling us to self-service. Computerized tills are already introduced in grocery stores where your items are weighed and cashed up for payment. So in 20 years, we shouldn’t expect to be dealing with cashiers daily as self-service tills are implemented more widely.

10. Social Media Professionals

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Social media exploded into our worlds and created new jobs such as a Social Media Professional. At the time, these jobs were specialized and sought after because social media was new. These skills are so commonplace now that apps are already replacing social media roles already.

11. Lumberjacks

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With climate change and more and more awareness of carbon emissions, society is making progress to develop preserving a green and sustainable planet. It’s that and the fact that paper is being replaced by the digital world so the requirement for lumberjacks will diminish.

12. Bank Tellers

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The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was the first step towards automation in banking. Currently, apps and online banking allow you to manage your accounts without having to step foot into a bank. Human-based teller jobs will see a decrease in available jobs as we move online for all transactions.

13. Financial Analysts

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Once a very specialized job, financial analysts are also facing the technology take over. Financial analysts had to be sharp and proactive to help make companies make money. Today, we are seeing software do all that as well as evaluate historical data to accurately forecast future market activity.

14. Inventory Managers

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Prototypes have been manufactured to duplicate the work on inventory checking and stocking. Robots can move down aisles auditing multiple shelves for items out-of-stock, misplaced or incorrectly priced and automatically report to the warehouse. While robots may be expensive initially, there is a long-term saving on human resources.

15. Textile Workers

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In years to come, unskilled workers will have fewer opportunities available. This isn’t because there is a lack of product demand but in how the products are made. Machines are automating production work taking over jobs from textile workers.

16. Sports Referees and Umpires

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In current news, FIFA, the governing body of soccer is being pressurized to introduce more technology. They already have goal-line technology and VAR (Video Assistant Referee) utilized in European soccer leagues. Technology is used in tennis, cricket, and rugby as well to make the final decision.

17. Pilots

Source: Wired.com

If you consider a Boeing has automated functions, like automated landings then it’s only a matter of years when the entire process is fully automated. The technology already exists in the military with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) so a 0-1 cockpit crew is more likely than the usual 2-3 crew.

18. Train drivers

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Train drivers were traditionally recruited into the steam railway as engine cleaners before becoming a driver, conductor, or signaler. With the advent of diesel and electric traction, the modern train system has started to automate these jobs where computerized modern trains and engineering innovations won’t require manual drivers.

19. Safety Inspectors

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Inspecting machinery, turbines, mines, and equipment used to require a critically sharp eye to assess fault, damage, and risk. Drone and robots are able to analyze items and even humans to make a diagnosis within seconds. Automated technology is fast integrating into industrial assessments.

20. Movie Stars

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This may take a bit longer but with CGI advancement, it’s possible to create a computerized real-life looking character and reconstruct an aged or deceased actor into a blockbuster movie. Replacing actors with CGI character would also cost the jobs of celebrity hairstylists, wardrobe designers, and makeup artists.


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