As much as technology has made life easier, it has destroyed countless jobs in the process. Although this is one of the most notable cons of technology, let’s not forget the jobs that have been created by technology in the past few decades. Nevertheless, we can’t help but think of jobs that might be rendered useless by technology. To avoid being a victim of technology in a few years or decades to come, here are the top jobs that stand to be obsolete in the future.
1. Driving jobs
Self-driving cars are already here with us. This automatically puts driving jobs at risk in the future. Although it may take decades for self-drive cars to fill every city in the world, driving jobs are expected to be taken over by computers. Many companies have already invested in self-driving technology today like Tesla Motors and Google. Tesla Motors, for instance, is already working on self-driving trucks. If Tesla succeeds, this will mean fewer jobs for truck drivers. There are however many hurdles stopping self-driving from becoming a reality soon. The technology is however here with us and it poses risks to people who drive for a living.
2. Research-related legal jobs
IBM has already developed an artificial intelligence system (Watson supercomputer) capable of doing legal research. The computer is capable of searching through millions of case files in seconds and identify data points which lawyers can use in court. The system was rolled out in 2016 and is in use in several law firms today. In the future, such systems are expected to help experienced lawyers perform more in-depth research reducing the number of research-related legal jobs.
Significant advancements have been made in surveying technology. For instance, robotic total stations have allowed surveyors to do more in less time. Although surveyors are still in demand for jobs which have not been automated yet i.e. reviewing sites and certifying boundary lines, the demand for surveyors is expected to reduce.
4. Bank teller jobs
Bank teller jobs have been at risk since ATMs became popular in the 1970s. The jobs have however been safe due to the banking expansion that has taken place over the past few decades globally. Online and mobile banking has however introduced fresh fears. People no longer need to visit banks to transact. Banks are slowly closing down branches as people prefer online and mobile banking over traditional over-the-counter transactions.
5. Newspaper journalism jobs
Online publications and blogs have been challenging the traditional newspaper industry for several years now. People no longer buy newspapers like before since they can get the same information online for free. Advertisers have noticed this and turned their attention to online marketing. The number of people paying for newspaper ads is reducing yet this revenue has been used to pay newspaper journalists for a long time. Online journalism has taken over and what’s more interesting today is, many people are practicing journalism online without proper qualifications. If you are yearning for a career in journalism, you need to think online or electronic media as opposed to print media.
6. Insurance underwriter
In the past, insurance underwriters used to evaluate applications, risk and appropriate premiums individuals seeking cover would pay for manually. Today, most insurance companies are using algorithms to determine eligibility and premium rates. The demand for insurance underwriters is slowly reducing.
There are self-checkout kiosks today that are taking up cashier jobs. Coupled with electronic payments, the demand for cashiers will reduce in the future. Furthermore, most retail industry stakeholders see technology as a means of reducing overheads and theft that takes place at checkout points. Customers have also become increasingly comfortable using self-checkout kiosks because they are faster.
Translators also risk being rendered jobless by translation applications in the future. People no longer need a person who speaks or reads a different language to understand different languages. There are Smartphone apps that can translate written as well as verbal language real-time and what’s more interesting is, translation apps are becoming more accurate. They have also reduced the time it takes to translate and the awkwardness of using an intermediary to talk to someone who speaks another language.
Technology has come with many benefits and some cons. Many people risk being rendered jobless in the future with the ongoing technological advancements. People are also more open to using technology today more than ever, and this is bound to continue in the future. Considering technology can’t be stopped, it is important for people who face the highest risk of being rendered jobless to retrain and gain new skills to take up jobs with more security before it is too late.