6 Jobs on the Endangered-Species List & How You can Stay Relevant

It seems like every year there are predictions as to which jobs could be obsolete in the next 10, 20, or 30 so years and those that could emerge. The choice is ours to believe these to a certain extent or dismiss them altogether in clear denial or because we confidently know none of that can actually happen. Unfortunately or fortunately, several jobs have slipped into total extinction over the past few decades and we’ve seen quite an influx of new roles and jobs be created.

Obviously, we can consider the ever rising cost of doing business, globalisation, migration of cheap labour, new markets, changes in consumer tastes and needs, and the advancement of technology (easily accessible and quite affordable today unlike in the past) among factors that could be driving these changes. Fortunately though, we could look at the situation from a half-empty glass perspective and flung ourselves into panic, depression and fear or we could choose the millennial attitude and be open to experimenting on new things and trying out new opportunities, in short, being flexible and open minded.

Let’s consider some of the common jobs mentioned in articles from Lottoland, and MoneyWise.com.

1 .Computer Programmers and Website Developers

“Programming has long been considered a hot job: in demand and very lucrative. In 2018, the median salary — meaning the midpoint for pay — was more than $84,000. And in some cases, a four-year degree wasn’t required. But the jobs are slipping away now, because they can be performed anywhere in the world, the BLS says. Often the work is being transferred to countries where wages are cheaper.” 

Stay relevant: We’re not talking about the skills, knowledge and experience of Computer Programming and Website Development here so these are still going to in high demand just that they will be done differently (more by technology) or cheaper labour. You could work as a programmer or developer for WordPress and related platforms that appreciate and need these skills. A better option is that you diversify your skill-set, take on free short courses on Alison.com in disciplines that may still be relevant for decades to come. This way, should you lose your job or have a cut in income, you can utilise the other skills you have such as business or marketing to create additional sources of income for yourself.

2 .Journalists vs Artificial Intelligence Software

“Advanced developments in artificial intelligence software means that soon enough even writing won’t be a problem for Al, and in some cases it’s already been possible to use it for purposes such as creating quarterly reports. This suggests that in the future content could be created without any human input at all.”

Stay relevant: All the technology in the world can’t outdo the need for human involvement in the workplace, however, try switching your journalist job with freelance work and skills in editing and proofreading. Not everyone enjoys writing nor has the desire to learn or perfect their writing skills and so there are many businesses whose websites could use a part-time content creator and editor and don’t have a budget for software nor knowledge on how to use it–search them out and pitch your offer to work with them. Offer to do editing work for authors, create a personal blog or website, create and maintain an exciting YouTube channel and the rewards in work-life balance, job satisfaction and better pay may be higher with these options as compared to your current job, thanks to technology.

3 .Bank Tellers

“About how often do you set foot inside a bank building? Probably not very often — and that spells trouble for the tellers who process transactions at brick-and-mortar banks. Consumers have enthusiastically adopted online and mobile banking options, and ATMs that are open 24/7 are very appealing to people whose work schedules don’t allow them to visit a bank during traditional “banker’s hours.” All of that means less foot traffic to banks, and not as much need for tellers.”

Stay relevant: Chances are you have some level of training in Accounting or Banking and your experience as a teller could as well be an asset you could take advantage of. Full positions of Accountants can be expensive to maintain, however, there are several smaller businesses that make lots of money but lack the knowledge and skills of money management and the like. How about you try selling your skills as a part-time consultant (while maintaining your current job of course until you’ve landed some constant clients). Plus, the hours are more flexible, the diverse experience you will gain in a shorter time is immense, plus the total pay from different clients at the end of the month will be much higher and better than the bank is paying you.

4 .Telecom Equipment Installers

“Telecommunications equipment installers and repair people keep us connected the old-fashioned way: with cables, cords and wires. The money is good: The median annual pay — meaning half earn more, half earn less — was over $56,000 in 2018. Candidates for these jobs typically need a two-year degree and decent customer service skills. However, would-be installers might want to find a different career path. The jobs are drying up because of the growing popularity of wireless and mobile services, which require less of this sort of hands-on set-up work.”

Stay relevant: Take interest in learning about the new technology and other advancements in your field such that you will still be the one chosen when your employer takes up wireless and mobile service options. In addition a few short classes in Business management could be handy should your employer need Telecom Equipment Installers that have a varied knowledge and broad experience especially during layoffs. A TEI who knows how to be resourceful beyond just cables and cords could prove to be a valuable asset to an employer as compared to one who knows nothing else.

5 .Accounting, Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

“These clerks are the people who keep the financial books for companies. They record transactions and make sure financial records are accurate. They know better than anyone how laying off workers — “reducing headcount,” as corporations like to put it — can be good for the bottom line. So, they may not be too surprised when their own jobs are eliminated. Government analysts say automation and changes in technology are likely to wipe out positions for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks.”

Staying relevant: refer to 3. Bank Tellers above. Alternatively, how about applying to a college or university as a part-time expert tutor or lecturer? Students can use the practical knowledge from someone with your training and experience.

6 .Taxi Drivers vs Self-driving Cars

“With the recent progress that’s been made with self-driving cars, it’s safe to assume that taxi drivers will eventually be made redundant in the future, being replaced by cheaper, labour-free modes of transport.”

Stay relevant: Learn a new skill and remember that it will take quite a while before Self-driving cars become a practical reality the world over. Nevertheless, learn a new skills, take on some volunteering or part time work in a different field to beef up your experience and help you adjust gradually to a new set of skills. If you’re crazy about cars or driving people, try searching for new opportunities in the automobile world and consider being a personal chauffeur. Convenience aside, humans are social beings and most of years will for several years to come still prefer a human taxi driver, someone we can see, interact with, complain about the traffic or the government, and those total strangers who patiently bear with our long monologues about the thousand personal problems we have that no one else is willing to listen to but we need to let out- no automated service can beat this.

In the event that you don’t prefer picking on new skills and the like, consider starting your own business in what you’re experienced in (perhaps a consultancy and still upgrade your knowledge into new ways of doing what you’ve been doing), or take on the potentially less-paying but still existent related work in growing economies where your job or services are being transferred to like Africa or Asia.