In a rapidly changing world, things can
come to a halt with relatively little fanfare. This includes jobs and
if you're the type of person who's been in a job for many years,
what you will do after your job is gone, for whatever reason, is a
Kiplinger (not really sure what they
are) recently posted a story about 10 jobs that are disappearing at a
rapid clip and may never be heard from again once they are gone. All
the jobs have one thing in common: they are being phased about
because of technological advances.
Post office clerk. If you pay any
attention at all to the news, this shouldn't come as a surprise.
The path that once seemed like a life long job that led to a safe
retirement has been losing business hand over fist, not to mention
enough money to float a boat. As with most government jobs, the
recommendation is to move into other government work, though you
could use your experience at other companies that handle packages.
receptionist. Another one that's probably pretty self-explanatory.
A lot of businesses are using call centers to handle phone calls and
the person who sits up front and answers and transfers calls is
slowly fading away.
Semiconductor processor. A job
making microchips for computers. Ironically, the job is now being
done by computers.
Sewing machine operator. This is
expected to fall 25 percent by 2020. Jobs moving overseas and
automation are the main culprits.
Printing press technician. All you
have to do is look at the number of newspapers closing their doors (and some magazines) for this one to make sense. If a newspaper or
magazine that was printing 100,000 copies or more every day or week
suddenly closes shop, you're going to have a few pressmen out of
Desktop publisher. This is the job
that basically prints all those brochures and fliers you see. Once
upon a time this was seen as a job with huge growth potential. But
everybody eventually learned how to work computers and why pay
someone to do something you can do yourself with easily obtained
Door to door salesman. A job that
definitely seems antiquated by modern day standards, but there are
apparently more than 150,000 of them still out there. Basically
another job finished off by modern technology. Why pay salesman
prices when you can order off the Internet and cut out the middle
Floral designer. The victim of the
recent recession, consumers decided they'd rather pay for loose
flowers at the grocery store than pay for somebody to make them an
arrangement. You could still do that kind of work at one of those
grocery stores, but having your own floral business is now
apparently a pipe dream.
Journalism reporter. The one that
hits closest to home. It seems like a newspaper closes somewhere
every day, magazines go online only and people sometimes seems
genuinely surprised that their local newspaper still exists.
I've been doing this a long time and
10 years ago I would have said, "I don't know" if you asked
would I do this the rest of my work life. Unfortunately, now with the
official retirement age only two decades away, my answer would still
be the same.
A lot of different things have led to
the downfall of what we call print media. You can always blame the
Internet, and we will, but people, over a surprisingly short period
of time, just seemed to lose interest in newspapers. I guess
everything eventually does become a relic of the past.
Jeweler. Another profession that
time has passed by. I guess people just aren't as impressed by
giant, shiny rocks as they used to be.
So, if you work in any of these fields,
I guess you better batten down the hatches. Or start looking for
other work. Nothing lasts forever.
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