If you have a job and are still starting to think of getting serious in nourishing your career, then you better hurry. You’ll never know when the industry will stop needing your role and totally phase out the job description that you are currently pursuing.
As the world advances to technological perfection, more and more tasks are being handed over to digital functions and full automation. Robots and machines are now replacing workers. Even software is now becoming employees’ competition. In the next ten to twenty years, you’ll never know what innovations will come out that might take over the job you are doing today.
Economic struggle is also one factor why some tasks are being canceled. For example, companies can cut costs by eliminating the housekeeping, hiring or training departments. Office assistants are also deemed no longer than necessary in a company, as regular employers can already carry out their tasks, thanks to technology.
The jobs platform CareerCast used the 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to combine with its list of the 200 most common jobs. From this, they checked which of the listed jobs had the worst projected growth rates from 2014 to 2024. From the data they gathered, they found the ten jobs most likely to become redundant in the next eight years, probably due to automation, consumer pressure, or just the bleak uncaring march of time. So if you are in the following fields of work, brace yourselves as you might lose your precious job before the year 2030 comes.
Meter reader jobs projected growth outlook: -15%
The meter readers who wander from house to house to print gas, water, and electric consumptions might no longer be needed in the next years. With most companies now utilizing the latest tech products, providers are now able to access consumption data of every residence remotely.
Typing/word processing jobs projected growth outlook: -18%
If you happen to search for online jobs in the past years, typing tasks were still abundant. However, these days, you will rarely see a company needing encoders since there is already automated transcription software available in the market. This tech has been a key factor in the typing job’s recent decline.
Broadcasting jobs projected growth outlook: -9%
With the power of the internet, people are becoming more tuned in to their mobile devices than the television. News is everywhere on social media. Web dramas are also becoming a hit. In the years where the world wide web will become more improved, will there be reasons left for a broadcast company to hire more people?
Disc jockey jobs projected growth outlook: -11%
What fun would a club or bar be without invigorating music? DJs are for keeping the mood of party goers up, but with Spotify and iTunes, there isn’t much left for the party leader to do.
Seamstress/tailoring jobs projected growth outlook: -9%
While everything is becoming “instant,” almost everything to is becoming disposable. Gone were the days where eating utensils were the only daily necessities turned disposable, now even underwears, socks, and clothes can be worn only once. This fact has made fewer people opting for tailored clothing. Likewise, jewelers are also expected to see their industry reduced by 11%.
Insurance underwriting jobs projected growth outlook: -11%
Assessing whether an applicant is insurable or uninsurable might no longer be done by human employees. Like any other tasks, a special software was already developed to take over the job and it has shown great accuracy and stability in the recent years.
Computer programming jobs projected growth outlook: -8%
This might be odd as computers are gaining superpowers with its ability to support the internet and software. Without computers, automation won’t be possible, but with the idea of using microchips embedded in the human body, it’s not far that this powerful machines today will become obsolete in the coming years. Furthermore, companies now prefer low-cost labor, hence hiring people from overseas.
Mail carrier jobs projected growth outlook: -28%
We already he e-mails and different messaging apps available online. Compared to the usual snail mail that will take over a week or sometimes, months to be delivered, information can now be passed on to recipients from different parts of the world in just split seconds. So it’s actually pretty easy to understand why we might not be seeing post offices in the next years.
Reporter jobs projected growth outlook: -8%
As already mentioned, people are now turning to their mobile devices for news more than their televisions. So reporters might have to kiss their jobs goodbye before 2030.
Are you employed in one of those jobs? Then it’s time to reconsider starting a new one – that’s not on this list!
10 Odd and Horrifying Facts About Lotus Feet
For the Chinese men, Lotus Feet meant beauty and extremely pleasurable sex.
Beauty has been a significant part of our society since time immemorial. We’ve always looked for ways to improve ourselves from time to time. In fact, every society has different styles and techniques in achieving beauty. Apparently, the road to pursuing it is not always easy.
Take for example Ancient China: They had their own definition of beauty. And for them, it meant cruelty and disfiguration. Case in point, Lotus Feet was all the rage. For the Chinese, having bounded feet projected the utmost beauty.
Below are 10 odd facts you probably didn’t know about Lotus Feet....
The World’s Oldest Tortoise And Living Critter On Land Comes Out As Gay
Apparently, animals have issues on their gender too as the world’s oldest tortoise comes out as gay!
Whoever said that only humans can have a preference on their gender? Apparently, even animals do! The world’s oldest tortoise and living creature’s age might already be catching up to him, but he definitely taught us that it’s never too late to come out.
The sexuality of 186-year-old tortoise named Jonathan has been a mystery until recently. Thanks to an incident involving his supposed mating partner, Frederica, where experts had to examine her and discovered her real gender. Rumors then started to circulate, and it’s a shame that Jonathan cannot speak to defend himself on this one.
Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, is assumed to be a gay.
Iceland’s ‘Floating’ Pedestrian Crossing Effectively Slows Down Speeding Vehicles
Now speeding drivers are forced to slow down as they approach the area.
Traffic regulations are made for the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. There are instances, however, when necessary tweaks have to be made to ensure that people comply with the rules of the road. Besides, it's for everyone's benefit in the long run.
Case in point, officials in Ísafjörður, a small town in Iceland, decided to do something to slow speeding vehicles down when approaching the pedestrian crossing. Apparently, what they did was to come up with a three-dimensional zebra crosswalk which creates a floating illusion.