We never thought technologies would be put the middle class and White Collar and Blue Collar workers out of jobs.
Businesses come and go. A minimal number tend to survive through the generations, and it’s unlikely even some of the biggest names in the industry today will make it to the next century. Things change, and economies evolve. There’s not much you can do about it. And when that happens, the jobs vary, too.
By looking at employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics related to job growth and decline, we could pinpoint a handful of rapidly shrinking jobs that might be almost entirely gone within the next decade. We also used some information from a report compiled by Lottoland.
We’ve already included jobs, such as drivers and postal workers. Both of those situations aim at one primary function: delivering things. But we think that adding “delivery” as its category is justified. Millions of people have items professionally, including pizzas, newspapers, or even people. And once again, the clock is ticking on these jobs, potentially leaving tens of millions out of work.
It’s clear to anyone who has been in a grocery store or big-box chain recently that the days of the cashier are numbered. Cashiers, like many others, are slowly but surely being replaced with self-checkout kiosks. Amazon is taking this a step further by experimenting with stores that don’t have checkout lines. It might take longer than a decade for most cashiers to disappear, but they’re on the list.
4. Printers and Publishers
At least in the old-fashioned sense, publishing and printing is an endangered industry. Technology has brought it to the digital realm, and we’ve seen the aftermath of declining newspaper readership and the rise of e-books. Of course, we’ll always publish books and periodicals, but the folks who have been trained in the old ways of producing them are likely to find themselves out of a job shortly.
Professional fishers face threats to their jobs on all fronts. The technology is getting better, meaning fewer people are required to run an operation. But imports of seafood and farm-raised fish are becoming more popular and cheaper. There’s also the issue of overfishing to consider and the fact that climate change is having a significant effect on marine life and stocks of available fish.
What can you blame for the shrinking of the American jewelry industry? Mostly, it’s due to globalization. There will always be local jewellers, but most jewelry manufacturing has moved overseas to contain costs. As a result, according to the statistics bureau, there aren’t even that many jewellers left in the U.S. — around 40,000 as of 2014. And that number is set to drop by 11% by 2024.
In an age when Wolf Blitzer and Sean Hannity have replaced Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, many people have already labelled broadcast journalism as dead. But, of course, this is another industry that won’t disappear entirely. But it is shrinking, meaning the few positions out there will become even more competitive. And generally, broadcast reporting is a hard job that pays relatively little and requires long hours.
The job market is always changing, and with new technology and innovation, some jobs are disappearing. Here are six of the top disappearing jobs in 2018:
1. Typist – With the invention of word processors and computers, the need for typists has decreased.
2. Switchboard Operator – With the invention of phones with answering machines, voicemail, and caller ID, the need for switchboard operators has decreased.
3. Mail Carrier – With the invention of email and online shopping, the need for mail carriers has decreased.
4. Secretary – With the invention of email, online calendars, and task managers, the need for secretaries has decreased.
5. Taxi Driver – With ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, the need for taxi drivers has decreased.