These are the careers most at risk of getting the flick in the coming decades.
Just as the noble careers of the bowling alley pinsetter, the lamplighter and the chimneysweep have been lost to the modern world, many jobs of today are on track to take their place in the annals of history.
Experts disagree on exactly how many jobs will be completely extinct in the near future, but it’s safe to say that some careers are definitely in trouble.
According to Futurist Speaker, with the rise of technology and the advance of artificial intelligence, a huge number of very “human” jobs – from dieticians to doctors, psychologists, farmers, lawyers, fitness coaches and even teachers – are at risk of becoming obsolete within ten years.
They’re in trouble, but not because of Uber. In fact, Uber drivers are in trouble too, as well as bus drivers, delivery drivers, mail carriers, and anyone who works in traffic law enforcement. Thanks to driverless cars, driving is likely to become a lost art soon enough.
Postal couriers and post masters
Even junk mail goes to your email inbox these days, and letters certainly aren’t a popular form of communication. Online bills and a lack of letter writers will soon see Postman Pat and all his friends looking for alternative work.
Print industry workers
It’s no secret that the print industry is being stepped on hard by online news sources (ahem) and digital books. While a bookless world is unlikely, there certainly isn’t going to be a print job boom in the coming years.
With paper products being replaced by digital devices, lumberjacks are also likely to get the chop.
Fewer physical books, a shift to digital, and a lack of funding will create a killer combo for both government and institutional libraries.
Typists, data entry and file clerks
A whole genre of office assistant roles is likely to be extinguished soon enough. Digital advancement means files are going to be typed by computers and stored digitally.
Already on their way out thanks to the accessibility of mobile, switchboard operators won’t last much longer in the digital world.
Gone are the days of needing expert advice from travel professionals – the internet puts the world within reach at any time of the day or night, ripe with advice and expertise.
Cashiers and bank tellers
Chances are you’ll be doing many of your chores without the help of humans soon enough, with automated check-outs and online/machine banking increasingly taking over.
Telemarketers and door-to-door sales people
Not many people are likely to mourn this loss. Some small businesses are already shifting to machine operated telemarketing.
Petroleum pump and coal plant workers
Fossil fuel products are fast being recognised for their evils, and the transition to renewables will see both corporate and manual labour jobs shifting from the dirty energy sector into cleaner initiatives. Like the demise of telemarketers, this is one that I, for one, am hoping will happen ASAP.
Probably the scariest loss on this list, those in the fishing industry will lose their jobs not because they’re replaced by machines, but because we are on track to fish the oceans dry, with many populations of high-demand seafood already fished beyond capacity. Between imminent species loss and regulations to prevent the total collapse of the ocean, there wont be much left for fisheries to fish.
Writers, journalists and authors
Only slightly less scary than the empty oceans, in this writer’s humble opinion, Futurist Speaker also suggest that wordsmiths could potentially be replaced by AI. I will remain firmly sceptical on this one until you show me an AI that can produce a travel memoir as funny as Bill Bryson’s, a fiction as captivating as Ian McEwan’s, or anything as perfectly evocative as a Jack Kerouac short story.