With the rise of technology and its fast and continuous improvement, some common jobs today may come to an extinct in the next 10 to 20 years. Know whether you need to start freshening up your skill set by taking a look at these six jobs that may possibly be gone soon.
1. Prepress Technicians
These technicians check and format images and text submitted by clients, ensuring that they follow a certain standard that’s fitted for printing. However, sophisticated software nowadays allows editors, writers and others to execute the task at the convenience of their own desks, no longer needing the help of prepress technicians.
2. Metal and Plastic Workers
Just like prepress technicians, metal and plastic workers face domestic displacement by computer operated machines. Factors like equipment upgrade and foreign worker competition have greatly affected the employment in the local steel industry over the past years.
3. Retail Cashier
The advent of self-checkout option makes a clear threat to traditional store cashiers. And not only that: the rapidly expanding industry of online grocery, such as Amazon Fresh, allows customers to purchase goods online and delivers orders right at your doorstep—skipping altogether the need to drive to your local supermarket.
Accounting software has been used by companies for many years, and the continuous improvement of software programmes makes it possible for managers and company owners to take care of their accounting needs themselves.
5. Travel Agents
Savvy websites that let you book your vacation online, such as Airbnb and Kayak, cater to travellers who prefer speedy service over personal service from a travel agent. Today, computers and software can determine a traveller’s needs by simply filling out a form. Travel websites even also suggest waiting on a purchase if there’s an expected price drop in the next days and gives an estimated airfare for long-distance travels.
6. Parking Enforcement Workers
Today’s technology makes it much easier to pay for parking. Some developers even claim that they are currently working on smart meter that lets drivers check how much time they have left on a meter from anywhere they’re parking through their smartphone, and use mobile payments like Visa Checkout and Apple Pay to add more minutes for parking. Eventually, this would mean fewer parking enforcers, as well as parking tickets in general.
If you’re worried that one day you may lose your job, now is the best time to start updating your skills and adapting to the ever changing world of employment around you.