Robots have not yet fully taken over the workplace, but looks like technology is certainly putting people out of work.
Newspaper reporter, mail carrier, meter reader, and farmer top CareerCast’s 2015 list of the most endangered jobs.
Other professions that made the list included logging worker, jeweller, flight attendant, drill press operator, insurance underwriter and tailor.
Technology has definitely had a negative effect on several of the endangered jobs – especially for those in the journalism industry.
In Hong Kong, magazine Sudden Weekly under Next Media ceased operation in July and in the same month Sing Pao ceased publication for almost a month because of financial difficulties.
But dwindling opportunities for newspaper reporters don’t mean their skills are not sought after in the job market.
Newspaper reporters still have opportunities to migrate from print into digital media, marketing, advertising and public relations – fields where their skill sets transfer nicely.
Mail carriers are also expected to lose 28% of its workforce by 2022.
“More and more people are choosing to correspond via email or text message, dramatically slashing the amount of mail and reducing the need for postal services,” said Kyle Kensing, online content editor, CareerCast.com.
“Programmes like PayPal also allow for people to electronically transfer funds they would have otherwise sent through the mail.”
Technology has also negatively affected the job outlook for meter readers.
Utility usage can now be effectively tracked digitally, eliminating the need for on-site documentation of water or electrical consumption at individual households and businesses.
List of 10 most endangered jobs according to CareerCast:
1. Mail carrier
2. Meter reader
4. Reporter (newspaper)
5. Logging worker
7. Flight attendant
8. Drill-press operator
9. Insurance underwriter
By Anthony Wong