Technology takeover: jobs that might not exist soon

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If ten years ago, you would have predicted that robots would start taking our jobs, you’d be correct! Today, not only has technology begun assisting humans, in certain fields it is completely replacing them. Why, you may ask? well, for lots of reasons: to save money, become more efficient, promote safety, and so much more.

But while the above reasons are all true, robots do sound to be expensive, and don’t sound like they’d be a big money saver. However, as it turns out, even with expenses, in many cases a robotics system can pay for itself in only a few years because it is a one-time large fee and then maybe a few smaller ones. Also, consider the fact that you don’t need to pay a robot a salary, so they can work for free. Humans, not so much.


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For jobs such as factory workers and manufacturers, human risk is a definite possibility. Injury can occur at any moment, cause physical harm, and also reduce productivity. Additionally, people become tired and less effective when they need rest. Robots don’t need breaks; they can work all day without tiring and therefore are more efficient to get the job done quicker. They may be breakable, but they can be fixed, unlike humans who may need to go on disability from work-related injuries.

So, robots may be taking over our jobs, but it’s all okay. They still need humans to operate them and take over in case something goes wrong, and not all jobs can indeed be replaced by robots. This is a little reassuring, but also means that the job force could get even more competitive than it already is. Keep reading to see if your job is at risk of being taken over by the robot invasion. Best of luck!

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Drivers

The thought of a self-driving car can sound a bit terrifying because of the human desire to be in control, but the auto world is actually close to a breakthrough with this idea. While autonomous vehicles will create a loss of jobs for people who work with cars, such as transportation drivers and delivery people, it could also mean less car accidents and traffic jams. This technology is still being tested after some failed attempts, but self-driving cars could be taking over within the next decade or so. Just think of a world where you don’t have to tip a delivery person or deal with a creepy cab drivers – sounds like a great place to be.

Librarians

True, the love of reading has not necessarily disappeared, but the jobs for those who work with books have. Due to inventions such as Kindle and Audible, many people are choosing to meet their reading needs electronically. This means they no longer need to go to libraries to check out hard copies of books when they can just get them online, on their e-readers, or through an app and enjoy their favorites from the comfort of their own home. Because of the diminishing need for people manning libraries, librarian jobs are becoming few and far between, with the possibility of disappearing altogether in the future. What will we do without someone reminding us to be quiet all the time?

Accountants

Accountants do something that other people may find boring and repetitive, but they do it so well and we all secretly admire them for it. They examine financial data, reports, and records to organize them and make sure taxes are paid on time and properly. They really do help us out in case of an audit and save those of us who are mathematically challenged. What else can do this, though? Computers with specialized algorithms, that’s what. Yup, sadly this profession may also be seeing its end soon.

Surgeons

Doctor shows have all but taken over television because we seem to have a fascination with medical professionals. Who will play our favorite characters if this field replaces surgeons with robots? In reality though, robots are not affected by the symptoms of exhaustion or stress that can become distracting to human doctors. This means that that they are less likely to make mistakes while performing tasks such as operations and open surgeries. Though they will lose the personal touch, patients may even feel more comfortable with a robot surgeon.

Cashiers

We’ve all had rude and annoying cashiers while shopping, but they’re just doing their best. Many grocery stores across the globe have already added self-checkout stations to their branches, but soon, they may completely replace the employees. Additionally, people are starting to shop online more and more where items are either delivered directly to their houses or customers order and pay in advance so they only need to run into the store quickly to pick up what they need.

Phone operators

While they still have a way to go with this technology, it is becoming more and more rare to actually speak to a human being when calling a company or customer support line. Many businesses do not even provide phone numbers anymore – they will offer email addresses, FAQs, or chat systems. This can cut back on wait times, but it can also be frustrating if the robots cannot understand you or get your message wrong, hence the need for just a bit more research.

Postal workers

Love may not be dead, but traditional love letters are, along with most paper mail. We no longer feel the excitement of racing to see if we got anything in the mail when we hear the postman outside. Email has replaced the need for a mailbox because we aren’t getting physical mail anymore. Today, people are sending everything online, including bills and junk mail. Though online shopping maintains the need for couriers, snail mail just isn’t really a thing anymore and postal workers will soon be unnecessary.

Pilots

What Justin Timberlake was scolded in Friends with Benefits for saying is actually kind of true – planes do pretty much fly themselves these days. FedEx and UPS plan to begin implementing technology that doesn’t require a pilot, with the military and eventually even commercial flights also becoming completely computerized. You may have even already been on a plane ride that was not fully controlled by a human. Some airlines do not allow pilots to land the plane for risk of crashing and require that the process be automated.

Bomb squad

The spouses of bomb squad members will probably we thrilled to hear that the military and police are replacing humans with robots to enter dangerous situations and remove possible explosives. Though job reducing, this is a great example of how technology and robotic systems are being used as a tool in helping prevent loss of life. While we wish we lived in a world where there weren’t bombs planted in public places, it’s comforting to know that people no longer have to risk their lives in this type of situation.

Book printing companies and magazine publishers

Again the poor employees who choose careers based on their love of literature are being affected by the lack of interest in physical books. Not only are book printers and publishers suffering, but newspaper and magazine as well. In the world of Amazon, Twitter, and online magazine publishers, there really isn’t the need to enjoy a cup of coffee with a copy of the local Times, your favorite book, or Vogue when you can just take a look at your phone instead.

Travel agents

In the days before Booking.com, Airbnb, Skyscanner, and Google Flights, people would have to go to an office and meet with a travel agent to book their trips. The agent would plan your trip fully with flights, hotels, and activities based on your budget, need, and desire. Now, there’s no need to pay someone to do these things for you when you can book trips to see the world with just a click of a button. Technology has made us our own travel agents and therefore diminished the need for the profession.

Journalist

Twitter is back at it, making news sources available at our fingertips and killing yet another vocation. Though online news publications are still safe for now, many small time and even big time print newspapers have been forced out of business because people are finding out the information they need in a matter of seconds now, rather than with their morning bowl of cereal. Unfortunately, broadcast journalism may also be dying, because by the time the evening news comes on, people already know what’s happening in the world.

Dispatchers

911… what’s your emergency? Yes, hello. It appears that human dispatchers don’t exist anymore and have been taken over by technology. That’s right, nowadays when you call to report an emergency, you may no longer be speaking to a person, but to a robot. Hopefully they send help to the right address! On top of that, those alive before Uber remember having to call to order a cab and wait for it. Now, you can press a button on your phone and the cab arrives in a matter of minutes.

Bank tellers

No one likes waiting in line to discuss their financial situation with a stranger. Most things these days can be found and done on the bank’s website or through an ATM anyway, so the need for someone actually sitting at a desk is pretty much nonexistent. Think about it, why would you go inside a bank anymore when you can open an account, check your balance, make a deposit or withdrawal, and cash a check on your own? Sorry bank tellers, you may want to look for a new career.

Street vendors

The start-up nation has become a major enemy for small businesses, such as street vendors. No one is stopping to buy newspapers or magazines anymore when they can access everything they want to read for free on their smartphones. The only exception might be food trucks because they are a quick, easy solution for those who are hungry but in a hurry. Another reason this trade is disappearing is because some states do not allow people to sell products on the street.

Fast food workers

As much as people wish they could make $15 an hour working at a fast food chain, most of these restaurants offer minimum wage or barely over. Due to the protests of this, a solution was put into place: automation. You don’t have to pay a machine anything to flip burgers and spin milkshakes and they are more efficient than human employees. Fast food workers are definitely not lovin’ this idea, but robots have already begun replacing them and it doesn’t look like this will stop any time soon.

Construction workers

Hard hats may become a thing in the past soon. Let’s be real, a machine can definitely reach a multi-story office building easier than a person can and it is also less risky. You don’t have to pay a robot and they probably perform much quicker without breaks, but this decision will mean a loss of employment for hundreds of millions of people. Construction is a side job for some, but it is also a main source of income for many people who will now need to find different jobs.

Waiters

iPads replacing humans? With technological advances, nothing is impossible. Today, restaurants are beginning to implement iPads into their routine so that customers can view the menu and order without needing someone to wait on them. If we’re being honest, most people do not go to restaurants to interact with the employees anyway; they go to enjoy a meal out either solo or with friends and family. Though this may be an end of an era, at least this might mean we won’t have to tip anymore, right?

Lumberjacks

No, that man in plaid with a full beard and his hair pulled into a bun on the top of his head is not a lumberjack. Those are called hipsters, and while we love them for their cool sense of style, they have probably never cut wood in their lives. Real lumberjacks are becoming fewer and fewer because many paper items have become digitized in hopes of being more green/eco-friendly and the ones who remain are being replaced by machines in order to cut costs.

Farmers

Farming used to be one of the largest labor fields in the world. Now, human farmers are diminishing rapidly because artificial intelligence technology has begun to make them less and less central to tending their crops and farm animals. There are even farms today where cows can walk up to a machine when they are ready to be milked and the process is done with robotics rather than humans. Additionally, lab-grown meat and genetically engineered foods will become increasingly popular to the point where farmers will be more like biologists than someone in the field getting their hands dirty.

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