For some the future is incredibly exciting filled with new technologies and new opportunities, but for some the future doesn’t look as bright and we want to raise some concerns with you people!
One study at Oxford found that 45% of all jobs will disappear in the next 20 years.
If you are currently working in either of these industries, it might be a smart call to look for alternatives.
It looks like it won’t be long before cars and trucks drive themselves. Our 20 million drivers will have to reinvent themselves. There are already self-driving trucks in Nevada and self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburg. This should be a real boon for old people and it should save many lives. Perhaps when I get to the point where my daughter tries to take my car keys away I’ll have a self-driving car.
Farming was huge when it came to employment numbers back in the day! This has changed dramatically.
Much of what needs to be done is rapidly being automated. Labor intensive jobs are already disappearing. This should reduce our reliance on immigrant labor. Already under 2% of employed people in the US work on farms. Farming also continues to become more hi-tech. On some dairy farms, for example, cows are already milking themselves. If you want to be a farmer, take as many science and engineering courses as you can. You can also expect to work for one of the ten companies that control almost all of the food we eat.
Printers & Publishers
The newspaper is dead, traditional media is suffering as the internet is eating everything up.
You no longer get your news from the papers, you get them via twitter or livestreams as they are happening.
All traditional magazines are fighting for their lives not to survive one versus the other, but to survive as a whole.This one is well on its way with the growth of Internet publishing. Few publishers have been able to establish a successful paywall in front of their online content. These jobs won’t totally disappear for a while as older people like me still like the experience of holding real books, magazines, and newspapers. There is no laptop screen as big as my physical New York Times.
Self-checkout stations are expanding already. At my Walmart, as of today, there are eight along with an equal number of checkouts staff by humans. I prefer self-checkout at grocery stores and places like Walmart as there is usually no waiting. I suspect that as soon as lines show up they will add more and have fewer humans. I’ve used them in restaurants as well and I like this experience. I don’t have to give my credit card to some server I don’t know who takes it someplace where I can’t see it. In the last year, my card was hacked twice in restaurants in New York City for this reason. Fast food restaurants now let you order and pay using your smartphone from the parking lot.
America alone, has 8 million people working as cashiers and in store salespersons.
When’s the last time you went to a travel agency to book a flight?I’ve been doing my own booking online for years. The last time I used a real agent was in 2002. Many of my retired friends sign up for tours where someone does all the planning and makes all the arrangements for at least a bus full or people. I prefer doing it myself as when you go on a tour bus or cruise ship you take the crowd with you.
The likes of Skyscanner took over the flight tickets industry, Booking.com over the hotel booking industry and Airbnb is disrupting the hotel business as a whole.
There is no need for a 3rd person to book the flight or hotel room for us, we can do it ourselves, or better yet, you can tell SIRI to book it for you.
Now machines build other machines with less human interaction every year. This is not new as car manufacturers have been using robots for decades. This is a slow and steady change unlike some of the others listed here. Many schools are letting students manufacture things with 3D printers. This is one more reason why all students should try to take a few programming courses.
The role of the dispatcher is coordinate people in the field. Technology will soon do this better. You can already call your own cabs and pay with your smartphone. I think we will need people who can maintain and repair vehicles for some time. These jobs have already become more technical as the first thing they do is connect a computer to the vehicle’s computer.
Waiting tables & Bartending
This trend has already begun. I’ve been to restaurants where once you are seated you use a tablet at the table to order and pay. We still need humans to do some of the food preparation, but there is no reason why a robot can’t serve the food someday soon.
I’m sad to say this, as the lady at our bank has always been nice to me, but we’re not going to the bank for social interaction.
To be honest, we don’t go to the bank anymore or very rarely when a visit is really needed.
Otherwise, we check out balance on your smartphones, even the people on our payroll get their money delivered to their accounts automatically, without the need for us to manually and physically fill in a form with their details.
If you want to grab cash, you just use an ATM. You can open a bank account to most banks in the world online and only if you’re looking for specialized services you might need to meet in person and even them you might get the job done with a videocall.
Military Pilots & Soldiers
The military is often the first to adopt new technology. Drones are more accurate and safer, at least for the person piloting the craft.
If back in the day wars were decided based on who had the largest number of troops, today it’s a technology play.
You no longer see people holding bayonets and riding horses into battle, because that would be inefficient. Drones can hit a target more accurate than any human could without endangering the life of the “pilot” who’s sitting comfortably in a chair on the other side of the world.
There is still a need for human soldiers, but not as we know them. These are the special ops, the best of the best who are deployed only when there is no other technology at play.
We only have prototypes of robot soldiers at this point, but the idea of a robot soldier engaging bad guys in urban warfare has a lot of appeal.
This falls in the same category with the waiters and bartenders. According to some thinking, the push for $15/hour pay has pushed automation to be adopted faster. Order taking and paying is easy to automate. The harder part of food preparation will take a bit longer, but it is already underway. The remaining humans will need to be more skilled to troubleshoot the entire process.
But now, with all the protests the government might actually give in & that’s when the wave of automation takes over.
We have an incredible article on our website that takes a look at exactly what is going to happen with the rise of the minimum wage which we strongly recommend you check out in the top right corner & in the description.
Have you noticed that there are already fewer and fewer telemarketers?
Their entire industry has been taken over by targeted ads all around the internet and on all your devices, specially constructed based on all the information the tech giants have gathered from your use on their platforms.
Facebook is not a charity, it uses all the data from the things you like, click on, share or engage with to create custom profile for every single of its users, batch them and sell them to other companies.
We, ourselves use that type of data to get our videos in front of people that we believe will find them valuable. The irony is, even before this video you’re watching right now, there was probably an AD promoting something you more or less are interested in.
Ads are getting smarter as they learn more and more from you and that’s why telemarketers are obsolete.
Accountants & Tax Preparers
Boring and repetitive jobs are ripe for takeover by machines. Most people have simple needs for tax preparation that can easily be met by software. Tax preparation software is already decades old. If you are an accountant or plan to be one, you better be good and expect to only get the tricky nonroutine work. Rich people and large corporations will still need tax preparation people, but they better be really top notch.
Only 10% of stocks traded today are traded by humans. In this world, the bots always win. Most people will still want to talk to a financial advisor who needs to be very knowledgeable and constantly learning. The habits of constant learning and continuous improvement should serve workers well as they try to deal with the ever-changing nature of the job market.
Technology is getting more efficient and fewer specialized workers will be needed at the job site. For example, watch Sam the Bricklaying Robot that can lay bricks better and three times as fast as the fastest human. Sam’s human supervisors will have to understand the entire job and not just be able to lay bricks. This trend probably started with the invention of the wheel or something like that. Automation has also dramatically cut the number of people needed to run mines and oil fields.
Human actors are expensive and moody. Actors will just be generated by computers. The 3D animated movies like Toy Story and others already give us an idea of how movies can be made without actors. Next time you see one of these animated movies be sure to stay for the credits and read about the hundreds of jobs that take the place of a relatively small number of actors. The problem here is when the movie is done, all of those people have to look for their next job. There are a lot of jobs for non-starving artists who are willing to do what the boss wants as opposed to their own thing so don’t hesitate to develop some artistic skill.