Nobody would be surprised to hear that the career world is changing slowly but surely. Figuring out whether or not one could make a living by working in a certain profession has been made even more complex. Due to the engrossing influence of technology over the last decade, the labor market has become even more changeable.
These days, particular career paths lead to a dead end. Because of this, plenty of people are being forced to reconsider their professional aspirations.
So, what jobs are about to disappear these days? Here are a few dying jobs:
1. Bank Teller
Most banking services have migrated online leaving a bank teller with very few tasks. Anybody is able to receive cash at ATM and deposit money via the Internet. Of course, bank workers are still needed for complex transactions but as the less work there is for them, the fewer of them are in demand. The same applies to mail clerks. On the one hand, there is absolutely no need for people to send actual letters as e-mailing is a much faster way to share information. On the other hand, due to pre-printed postage there is no weighing or applying stickers.
2. Travel Agent
If you’ve dreamed of becoming a travel agent, don’t bother. (Well, you can but it’s very unlikely you will earn enough to be able to travel yourself or, you know, to eat.)
When was the last time you went to an actual travel agency to book a trip? Everyone has been doing it over the Internet because it allows them to be flexible and schedule their getaway individually. Plus, online you have access to various options, so why bother and pay for the job that you can do on your own?
3. Telephone Operator
Working as a telephone operator has always been a relatively easy way for students to support themselves through school. The same concerns the temporarily unemployed – the job requires very few skills and no qualifications. Sadly, the door of this feeder has been almost closed since most companies now use sophisticated telephone systems that allow the customers to serve themselves by choosing the needed information from pre-recorded messages. In addition to that, e-mails and texting have substituted a great share of phone conversations in the world of work.
4. Photo Processor
Does a photo processing business seem lucrative to you? Unfortunately, it isn’t so. The majority of people keep most of their photos in the digital format. And when they do print them on rare occasions, it’s much easier to use self-service kiosks and press a couple of buttons instead of waiting in a line.
5. Video Store Owner
The same concerns the potential video store owners. It’s advisable to give it up as no one would bother to put on their shoes and drive somewhere if they have access to most movies through their cable provider.
6. Data Clerk
Another example in this category is file clerk and data entry clerk jobs. Just like photos and videos, data is stored online and processed automatically, which is a much more efficient and environmentally-friendly way to maintain the information flow within companies or business structures.
The job market will always be prone to alterations. Nobody should suppose their current occupation will feed them for the rest of their lives. But the only way to keep your finger on the pulse is to have an open mind and treat a possible career change as an exciting experience – after all, challenge is what makes our lives rewarding.
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