Last week we brought you five rather interesting jobs that are predicted to exist in the future. While industries continue to evolve thanks to changing technologies, this also means that there are a number of roles that are predicted to become extinct. Below are some of the disappearing jobs that experts envisage won’t be around to see in the next decade.
Shopping for groceries has changed so much in recent years and advancing technology means that it’s set to change even more in the future. With more and more people using self-service checkouts and online shopping, there’s a huge possibility that there will be very little or absolutely no demand for supermarket cashiers within the next few years.
Unloading trucks and unpacking shipments creates hundreds and thousands of jobs all around the world and provides fantastic opportunities for those who have language barriers or educational limitations. People who have been predicting that robots are going to end up taking over the world are right in this case. Kiva Robotics, the most advanced company in its industry, makes robots that can run stock rooms with minimal human intervention. From an employer’s perspective, this is great news because they save on wages and high insurance costs but for workers it’s not such great news because thousands of these valued positions are set to become redundant.
The sale of newspapers is already in rapid decline thanks to the phenomenal popularity of the Internet. Once upon a time people used to get their morning paper delivered to their front door and would enjoy catching up on the news with their breakfast. These days however, online editions have taken over and people will read the news on their smart phone, iPad, tablet or laptop.
Once again, the Internet has had a huge impact on the travel industry. Back in the day, if people wanted to go on holiday, they needed to go into a travel agent to book one. These days however, flights, accommodation, car rental, insurance and anything else you could possibly need for a trip abroad is available quickly and easily at the touch of a button.
There has always been a requirement for those who type up meeting notes, contracts and any other important documents that a company might need. Whereas there will always be a demand for this kind of service, the problem is that dictation technology is becoming increasingly advanced. Apple already uses Siri and many other companies are following suit which means that sure enough, before we know it, a computer will be typing up our notes for us.
Do you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing that technology looks set to replace a lot of the jobs we are used to seeing people doing? Let us know your thoughts below.