8 jobs that may not exist in the future

As technology and industries evolve, there are certain jobs that may become less relevant or be replaced by automation as the world continually changes.

Here are 8 jobs that could be potentially impacted in the future:

1. Travel Agent:

Self-service travel arrangements and online booking platforms are becoming a more popular way to book a holiday, therefore significantly reducing the need for a traditional travel agent in a high street store. It was estimated that over 700 million people would make a booking online by 2023 (StratosJets, 2022).

2. Cashier:

The growing popularity of using a self-checkout system in shops and supermarkets, as well as increasing number of people paying for their items through mobile payments, like Apple pay, may reduce the need for cashiers in the future. It has been found that 73% of consumers prefer to use self service checkouts over staffed checkout lines, especially among younger consumers aged 26 and below (Gitnux, 2023).

3. Print Newspaper Publisher:

The digital world continues to grow, including digital media. Most people now own a smartphone and will keep up to date with the latest news through their mobile internet or news apps, often receiving notifications of the latest news straight to their phone which could eventually see the demand for printed newspapers and publications decline. Year on year, the national newspaper circulation in the UK is declining, seeing a drop in circulation of more than 20% between 2021 and 2022 (Statista, 2023). 

4. Assembly Line Worker:

Advancements in automation and robotics may start to reduce the need for manual assembly workers in some manufacturing sectors. Manufacturers are seeing increased productivity, higher quality and reduced labour costs, to name a few, by using robotic assembly lines. Robotic assembly lines are being most commonly used in the automotive, electronic, food & beverage, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries. 

5. Data Inputter:

As technologies improve, so does automated data entry systems and machine learning algorithms that can handle data processing tasks more efficiently. 

6. Librarian:

Digital libraries and online resources are now accessible to most people when seeking information online, removing the need to physically visit a library to search for information. The introduction of devices like Kindles, now sees more people reading books through a digital format, rather than paperback. Between 2021 and 2023, the average price gap between eBooks and hardcovers on Amazon increased by 75% in favour of eBooks (TonerBuzz, 2023).

7. Typist:

A typist’s job is to type up handwritten letters, reports and other documents into a digital format. However, with the advancement of voice recognition technology and speech-to-text software, the need for a typist to perform these tasks may decrease. 

8. Customer Service Assistant:

Companies are now widely using AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants online to handle customer enquiries and provide basic support. 

However, as technology and the digital world evolves it will create new jobs, as we see the decline of others. It is said that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet!

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