As technology continues to advance at a baffling rate, it should come as no surprise that some jobs that are this close to becoming extinct. And if your job is paper-related, it seems you might be the victim this year. At least according to a survey released by CareerCast.
If your job does continue to exist, consider yourself lucky, but keep in mind that your duties could completely change in the next few years. The jobs below, on the other hand, might be going the way of the video store clerk.
1. MAIL CARRIER
The number of postal workers is expected to shrink 28% by 2022 as consumers pay bills online and communicate more through email and social media. Damn you, Facebook!
2. METER READER
Utility companies are moving towards — or have already started — tracking usage digitally, which means someone driving out to your house to get your information will no longer be required.
Farmers are feeling the heat as streamlined planting and harvesting techniques allow fewer farmers to do more work. But there’s hope for this industry, what with the rise of organic farming and a new wave of health-conscious young farmers.
4. NEWSPAPER REPORTER
The media industry is going through a massive transformation, so there are fewer print reporter jobs to go around. Combine that with people getting their news from their smartphone or tablet, declining subscriptions and dwindling advertising sales and newspapers are no longer what they once were.
5. LOGGING WORKER
Technological advances in the logging industry require fewer workers. And with less wood pulp required for the dwindling paper market, the demand is down.
Outsourcing of jewel manufacturing positions means fewer employment prospects in the years to come, reports CareerCast.
7. FLIGHT ATTENDANT
The main reason flight attendants made the list is because airline cost-cutting reduces the number of them needed on each flight. Also, more of them stay in their jobs longer, meaning opportunities are few and far between.
8. DRILL-PRESS OPERATOR
Like with everything else, technological advances means fewer operators needed.
9. INSURANCE UNDERWRITER
With technology streamlining this line of work, agents can now take on the work previously tackled by underwriters at a much lower cost to the employer.
10. SEAMSTRESS OR TAILOR
This one’s a little surprising. With busier schedules, you would think that altering clothes would be last on most people’s list of priorities. But we guess it’s easier to buy new outfits than repair old ones.