Dying Professions: These 40 Jobs Have No Future
Things change a lot over time and with the developments in technology some careers end up becoming worthless. It is always best to know what will be indispensable in the future, especially if we want to secure stable jobs for most of our lives. Therefore, let’s take a look at the professions that might become useless in several years. Some of them are really unexpected.
With an average salary of $42,786, it is expected that this job will grow around 0.4% in the future. Embalmers are responsible for preparing dead bodies for burials, and experts should keep their jobs right now. But, the rise of cremation has diminished the demand, especially because it is less expensive.
39. ASSISTANT PHARMACIST
Aides in pharmacies have declined steadily over the past ten years; so, it’s expected to disappear in the next decade. The job growth is projected -0.7% and the average salary is just $26,130. One reason for the decline is that pharmacy technicians are taking over, as those actually need more education, and they have taken over all the responsibilities of an aide.
38. GAMING BOOK HANDLER
Gambling is a growing market in the U.S., but the job is only expected to grow around 6.3%. Furthermore, the average salary is only $24,449. While the demand is supposed to increase due to new laws in the U.S. that legalize betting on sports, this particular profession should not be on your bucket list.
37. RADIO AND TV PRESENTER
With the rise of streaming services, many radio and TV stations have closed down, and unfortunately, the need for anchors has steadily decreased. The expected job growth is -12.9%, and it has a median annual salary of $34,408. Luckily, there is a small shot for people in the online radio business, but it is still not good.
36. FLORAL DESIGNER
Sadly, this profession only has $24,443 and expected job growth of -8.3%. People are unfortunately not buying as many flowers anymore, at least from boutique shops. These days, it is better to just get simple arrangements from the grocery store.
35. FOREST CONSERVATIONIST
The expected job growth is 2.1%, and the average salary is just $27,739. It is important to maintain forests, but these tasks are being overtaken by new tech like remote sensors. Over time, actual people won’t be needed for these.
34. MACHINE OPERATOR
Just like many other jobs, people who handle this equipment will no longer be needed because of technology. People who handle metal and plastic especially will be out of a job in a couple of years because the expected growth is -12.8% and the average salary was just $37,458.
33. FLOORING FINISHER
Unfortunately, this side of construction has significantly decreased in the past decade, and the expected growth is just -5.5% and an annual salary of $29,929. Depending on the housing market, the demand for finishers has risen and fallen many times. No one wants such an unpredictable career.
32. FABRIC WORKERS
There are many people in factories that build parts and even toys, but due to technology, these jobs are becoming scarcer and scarcer. The expected job growth is -11.5%, and it was just an annual salary of $33,300. Automation of things has rendered actually handwork useless.
31. EQUIPMENT INSTALLER AND REPAIRER
The expected job growth is -15.7% and the average salary of $34,512. For a long time, there have been experts who added parts to your cars, such as stereo systems and GPS. However, the demand for them has decreased because the original pieces of equipment are much better, which means that they do not get damaged that often.
30. TELEPHONE OPERATOR
A long time ago, phone operators were needed. You once called 411 to get another number, but now everybody has their own cellphones. So, these jobs will disappear soon enough. The expected job growth is -10.7%, and their salary was just $36,317.
29. LOGGING WORKER
The average salary is $36,573, and the expected growth is just -17%. Just many other jobs, things that require a lot of heavy work are decreasing because of machines and technology. Also, due to the rise of protectionists, people do not want to enter such a career.
These people are in charge of putting up wallpaper and even the paper in billboard advertisements, but the job is steadily declining. Some look for alternatives to wallpaper, while billboards are becoming electronic. The expected job growth is just -12.6%, and the annual salary is just $30,499.
27. PHOTO PROCESSOR
The expected job growth is -12.3%, and the annual salary is just $27,556. Almost everyone has their own smartphones with impressive cameras, and thanks to social media, people just post their shots online and that’s it. Almost no one prints their images anymore.
Sadly, going to the movies has lost its popularity for the past years due to high prices, and better options like streaming services. Therefore, there are not that many positions left in movie theaters. The expected job growth is -6.4%, and the annual salary was just $22,048.
25. SHOE MACHINE OPERATOR
The expected job growth is -7.3%, and the average salary is just $27,627. Just like many jobs that involve handling machines, the demand for workers in show factories is falling because of automation. Additionally, companies cut personnel to save money.
24. FABRIC MENDER
The expected job growth is 2.1%, and the average salary is just $25,062. This is another manufacturing job that is suffering because of the advancements in technology. Also, most companies are cutting costs by outsourcing to foreign countries.
23. TEXTILE MACHINE OPERATOR
The projected job growth for this career is one of the lowest on the list at -23.6%, and the average salary is just $28,288. It is clear that the manufacturing industry has to reduce a lot of low-skill level jobs while employing a lot of people for specific needs. Sadly, knitting, weaving, cutting, and more are better done by machines now.
22. PREFAB HOME BUILDER
The expected job growth for this career is -7.8%, and the average salary is just $29,297. The housing market in the U.S. is steadily declining, and most people look for more affordable options instead of prefab creations. Therefore, it’s better not to get into this niche industry, and go for something for general.
21. WATCH REPAIRER
The expected job growth is just -27%, and the salary is $25,203. Unfortunately, it’s time for this job to disappear. Most people just their phones to check the time, but even those that still buy watches go for more advanced options. Only the richest still buy traditional pieces, but it’s a marker that declines, even more, every day.
20. TRAVEL AGENT
Everyone is their own travel agent these days thanks to many sites and apps that make everything easier and cheaper. The expected job growth is -12%, and they only averaged a $36,990 annual salary. Luckily, there is a still need for travel agents that focus on specific places or certain kinds of travelers like corporate or students.
19. MORTGAGE BROKERS
They get an average salary of $55,000, and the expected job growth is -15.9%. The career has not recovered after the Great Recession, and due to online brokers, people get their quotes quickly without a hassle these days. Future home buyers are Millenials, who grew up using only technology. Therefore, this is not a promising job.
The average salary for bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks is $39,240, and projections expected job growth of -1%. These professions are also declining due to technology, as you can just download your bank information without paying for third-party to do it. While there is still a lot of use for them, it might still disappear in 20 years.
This one might be surprising, as they average a salary of $119,250 and the expected job growth is 8%. However, a lot of the work that lawyers performed in the past is now done by technology. Therefore, people studying to become lawyers have to focus on non-routine human emotion areas like witness profiling.
16. MIDDLE MANAGERS
The expected job growth has not been measured, but the average salary of these professionals is $62,913. They mostly handle a lot of paperwork that can be done by software like Oracle and Salesforce. Therefore, it’s best to focus on client relationships or things related to product development.
15. CASINO CASHIER
This people average an annual salary of $22,300, and the job is expected to grow 2%. There are a lot of jobs in the gambling community now that more states are legalizing the trade, but cashiers will end up disappearing. Most casinos are using machines to cut costs.
14. IT SUPPORT
The average salary is $81,100, and the expected job growth is 6%. While anything related to computers is important, IT workers are not as in demand as before. Small companies are outsourcing the work because it’s just cheaper. Therefore, people who know about computers should focus on programming, freelancing and system administration.
13. FINANCIAL PLANNER
While the expected job growth has not been measured, these careers normally had a salary of $90,640. However, they are decreasing steadily because are turning towards software, apps, and cheap algorithms to handle their business.
12. POSTAL WORKERS
The average salary is $57,260, and the expected job growth is -28%. People are paying their bills online these days, and most of us keep up with our friends through social media. Furthermore, we try not to receive so much mail to stop the use of paper, and this has led to an incredible drop in the postal servers. Also, companies like Amazon are always working on perfecting their delivery systems to cut costs.
11. DATA ENTRY WORKERS
The average pay for these people is $39,240, and the expected job growth is just -5%. The reason for the decline in this job opportunity is technology. Voicemail and the internet allow people to do the things that they normally tasked others to do. By 2020, around 15,900 workers would have lost their jobs.
10. FARMERS AND RANCHERS
The expected job growth is -8%, and the average salary is $69,620. While the reason is not that people are eating less, but rather, landowners are replacing employees with machines that can triple production at fewer costs. However, farming is still a very important profession, especially with a projected population increase of 2.3 billion.
9. FAST FOOD COOK
The average salary is $23,970, and the expected job growth is -3.6%. Naturally, technology will be replacing even more jobs and cooking in one of them. This is one of the few jobs on the list that doesn’t even need a high school diploma. But, everything that becomes automated eventually cuts down on employees.
8. NEWSPAPER REPORTER
Their average salary is $40,910, and the expected job growth is -10%. Circulation of newspapers has decreased exponentially in the last 20 years, thanks to the internet. Therefore, it is only natural that more people are losing their jobs. Luckily, they should find opportunities in online magazines and similar things.
The average salary of these professionals is $37,960, and the expected job growth is -11%. More jewels and pieces are being produced outside the U.S. for cheaper options. Additionally, people are spending less and less on trinkets.
6. FURNITURE FINISHER
The average salary of this job is $31,300, and the expected job growth is hard to measure, but the trade is disappearing because it’s often cheaper to buy something new instead of getting it repaired. However, even furniture makers have problems because of cheaper productions overseas.
5. DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESPEOPLE
The average annual salary is $23,810, and the expected job growth is 10.6%. This industry has declined because of online marketing, but there are some people that still prefer those that go to their doors. However, there are plenty of things that people can focus on in this field such as insurance sales agents, which earn a lot of more than door-to-door pros.
4. PRINT BINDING AND FINISHING
This job might decrease slower than others in the future, but just like other manufacturing opportunities, machines are taking over. The average salary is $32,040, and the expected job growth is -10.6%. Additionally, people are buying less printed books than ever thanks to tablets and smartphones.
The average salary is $62,960, and the expected job growth is 7%. Thanks to surveillance, spyware, and databanks are making this Sherlock Holmes-profession disappear. However, private eyes and investigators continue to grow; so, people just need to focus on another side of the trade to continue their living.
They have an average salary of $78,470, and an expected job growth of 4%. This profession is not exactly declining but changing in a dramatic way. Most of the things a regular architect does can also be completed by anyone with software and a bit of research. Hiring them is obviously cheaper, and most people do not the value of hiring a real one.
1. PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS
This is another profession that will change in the future. They have an average salary of $208,000, but the expected growth has not been measured. People are turning towards doctors who make house calls instead of going to the hospitals themselves. This is a cheaper option due to how high healthcare has become in the U.S.
This list has really given us a lot to think about regarding the future. Let us know what you think about these projections. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who need some advice on choosing a career. See you next time!