As if trying to figure out what you want to do for a living wasn’t already hard enough, the advancement of technology and rapidly changing job market has made choosing a career path even more difficult. Jobs that were once guaranteed money-makers are now moving closer and closer towards extinction. Here are 12 jobs we don’t expect to find in the future.
Dodging vicious dogs and dealing with extreme weather may soon become a thing of the past as fewer and fewer people are sending mail each year. Though there will always be a need for someone to deliver that birthday card from your old Aunt Suzy, likely it will be the same person that delievers the other random mail for your entire neighbourhood, maybe even district.
When's the last time you visited your local library branch? Like most of us, you probably can't recall. We can thank the e-reader and digital bookstores for the rapid decline in library users. Though librarians are still managing to hold on to the few jobs still out there, technology has helped drastically improve filing systems making everything much quicker and easier to manage so there is less need for manpower.
Whether you're buying groceries or picking up a dress for Saturday night's birthday bash, long line ups at the cash desk are soon to be a thing of the past. Most grocery and big box stores have already installed self check-out stations, but soon you'll be able to go in a store, pick out what you want, pay for it on your mobile phone and head out the door without ever having to speak or interact with anyone.
The last time you went to talk to a bank teller was most likely when you were opening an account, changing money or asking about insurance or investments. Mobile banking has come a long way in the last few years and it's only getting better - Have you e-deposited a cheque, yet? Between online and telephone banking, there won't be much need for this friendly, smiling face anymore.
Like everything else, journalism is going digital. Though there will always be a few straglers holding on to hard copy editorial, journalists who want to stay in the game will have to put on their digital hats and journey into the interwebs.
Being a travel agent used to be so much fun! You'd spend your days scouring for flight deals and helping people plan amazing adventures. Now, thanks to sites like Expedia and Booking.com, people have become their own travel agents and if they still need advice, they head to well-known travel blogs and review sites like TripAdvisor for first hand information.
Hey, you in the striped shirt! No one is paying attention to you. That's because there are about 100 cameras zoomed in a million times closer than your eyes are capable of seeing watching every milisecond of what's happening in the game from every possible angle. Oh, and if we didn't catch it the first time, we can always rewind and watch it again in slow motion.
Why keep hard copies when digital copies take up no space and are much quicker to pull up? Sadly, just like the office printer and photocopier, the filing clerk is on their way out the door.
You won't have to worry about spilling your coffee on the paper during your lazy Sunday morning reads since you'll likely be using a more compact and less cumbersome e-reader, as newspaper delivery will soon be a thing of the past.
With apps like Songza catering music to your mood or other songs that you've 'liked', it's hard to imagine why anyone would bother listening to the radio anymore. Even if you're really into talk radio, you're better off to subscribe to one of the many quality podcasts available.