Robots taking jobs away from humans. Well, that wasn’t hard to predict. But is it really happening? Yes and no. To give you an idea, in America, 85% of the jobs lost in manufacturing over the last decade were attributed to robotics. Pretty crazy, huh?
But it’s not just robots we need to worry about. Plenty of jobs are falling prey to changing consumer habits and absorption within industries, too.
When you think about how quickly technology is progressing, especially automation, none of the jobs on this list should come as a surprise.
So, which jobs will be the next to go? Here are the 10 industries that are expected to shrink the most in 2017.
Average salary: $44,000
Seriously, when was the last time you received something important in the mail? Do you still receive hard copy bills, statements and magazines? If so, you’re in the minority. More and more people are electing to shift their day-to-day activities online, everything from banking to getting your celebrity news fix. Declines across all phases of the mail delivery service are predicted. As for processing and sorting, pfft, robots have been doing that for years.
Average salary: $42,000
Do you actually know anyone whose job title is ‘typist’? It’s pretty unlikely. It’s way more common now to see receptionists, data entry operators or administration assistants handling typing duties. This is an example of a role being absorbed within other, similar, roles.
- Meter Reader
Average salary: $38,000
Who needs a real life meter reader when you can have an automated one? One that is remote, computerised and uploads the necessary data directly to a centralised database?
- Disc Jockey
Average salary: $46,000
Another industry dying a slow death due to music streaming and downloading sites. Why hire a DJ when you can just create a playlist? Why not just hit up YouTube, or Spotify, or Pandora, or even just the radio?
Average salary: $60,000
The increasing levels of outsourcing in manufacturing is just one issue facing jewellers. These days the massive consumer trend towards online shopping means any jeweller still working in a brick and mortar shop is probably facing a decline in business.
- Insurance Underwriter
Average salary: $65,000
Here’s another job title you rarely come across these days. Now there are computer programs which automate and streamline the underwriting process. Duties that can’t be handled by computers have typically been absorbed into other roles within the insurance industry.
Average salary: $50,000
Imagine you’ve worn a hole in your jumper or managed to tear a hole in your dress. Back in the day you would’ve headed straight to your local tailor. These days, you are much more likely to head to the closest shopping centre and just replace those items.
Average salary: $74,000
There are a number of factors contributing to the negative outlook for broadcasters. There’s a significant amount of competition for entry level jobs in markets that are decreasing in size. Not a good combo.
- Newspaper Journalist
Average salary: $57,000
Print advertising has been on the decline for years. That equals a decline in revenue. Combine that with decreasing subscriptions and you can see why newspapers are having to make cuts across multiple departments.
- Computer Programmer
Average salary: $58,000
The tech industry is booming and it seems like new positions with new names are being created every day. Various code-writing and programming responsibilities have been absorbed into these positions. Plus, one off coding projects can now easily be outsourced to contractors, contributing to the decline of this job.
It’s a sad fact that a lot of jobs will be lost as technology progresses and society embraces new trends. If you’re already working in one of these jobs, don’t stress. It’s likely you have a wide range of transferable skills that you can apply to other roles.
These days qualities like good communication skills and a great work ethic can be considered just as important as specific skills that can be learnt on the job. Plus, it’s easier now than ever to undertake further training to develop your skills, whether it’s a TAFE certification, classes at your local community college or even a short online course. It’s entirely possible to take what you’ve already learnt and make the most of it in another role.