10 Jobs That Will Disappear in the Next 20 Years
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I know that for some the future is incredibly exciting, full of new technologies and new opportunities, but for others the future does not look so bright and we want to raise some concerns with you. A study at Oxford University found that 45% of all current jobs will disappear in the next 10 years, with some of them being fully automated or at least upgraded to a point where a fraction of the workforce is needed. So it will have a big impact on the way you plan for the future, as the environment is changing.
If you currently work in one of these sectors, it may be a smart decision to look for alternatives, don't say we didn't warn you. With that said, here are 10 jobs that are likely to disappear or be automated in the next 10 to 20 years.
If your job is to drive any type of machinery, car or vehicle, you will be out of work soon. Taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers, uber drivers and delivery drivers are all on the verge of complete automation. In the US alone, there are 15.5 million trucks and 2 million truck trailers on the roads, with the truck industry employing 14 million people, of whom 10 million are drivers. All the major car manufacturers are moving towards electric and self-driving cars and those that will not be left behind. In the near future, riding in a car will be like stepping into an elevator. You just press a button and take you with you wherever you go.
Agriculture was huge when it came to job numbers at that time! This has changed dramatically. You can still see agriculture as labor-intensive in the undeveloped parts of the world, but at the macro level, it has been automated and very few specially trained individuals who operate heavy machinery from the comfort of the office via connections wireless. In the past, you needed to physically measure your plot of land, human labor to dispose of it, and another set of people to harvest and transport the final product to wherever it is needed.
3- Printers & Publishers
The newspaper is dead, the traditional media is suffering, because the Internet is eating everything. You no longer receive news from newspapers, receive it via twitter or livestreams while they are happening. If you watched our video in Forbes Magazine, you know that, despite having such a strong brand, they are on the verge of collapse, despite their strong entry into the digital world.
The information is free and there are very few publishers where confidence in the brand is sufficient to keep the engines running. A great example is The New York Times, one of the only publications that have successfully implemented a paywall for readers to consume their written content.
In America alone, 8 million people work as cashiers and store sellers. These people will be out of a job sooner than they think. I know you've seen the automatic checkout stations and they still have someone supervising them or are in trouble from time to time, but we are not far from a total purchase of the machines in this space.
5- Travel Agents
Skyscanner has taken over the airline ticket industry, Booking.com, the hotel booking industry and Airbnb is disrupting the hotel business as a whole. It is not necessary for a third person to book the flight or hotel room for us, we can do it ourselves or, better yet, you can ask SIRI to make the reservation for you.
6- Manufacturing Workers
When the industrial revolution took place, all the people who worked in the fields started working in the factories that made the machines that would make our lives easier. In the process, and with the advancement of technology, these same people were tasked with building machines that built others that would eliminate the need for human beings.
I know you're probably thinking about the days when someone had to manually connect you to a different line to talk to someone, but a surprisingly high number of people still work as a dispatcher today. It doesn't matter if you are a fire dispatcher, working with airplanes, with the police or ambulances, we already have a technology that is surpassing you in your work and now we are discovering just the finishing touches on the best way to deploy the technology.
8- Waiting tables & Bartending
Not all are gone, but most already have a foot in the door. Obviously, there is a need for social interaction, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, you just want to sit down, let the food get to your table as soon as possible, enjoy a specific mix of alcoholic beverages, and then leave. More and more restaurants are entering this trend around the world. We even mentioned a few in our previous videos about cool restaurants around the world that you should try and we made this video a year ago.
9- Construction Workers
As technology advances, we can see that construction workers will follow the same path as those who worked in agriculture in the past. Unless you are the business owner or one of the specialised employees further down the line of automation, the future will not look like a welcoming place for you!
10- Accountants & Tax Preparers
What is the role of an accountant? To analyze your raw data and organize it. That's the favorite thing about algorithms, that's where they shine, baby! The average accountant in the U.S. earns about $ 60,000 a year and there are 1.3 million registered accountants and auditors, even if it cost $ 15 billion to create highly sophisticated AI that would do the job perfectly, this software would pay for itself in less than 2 years.
That's why all engineers are after accountants, lawyers and medical professionals.