8 Jobs That Won’t Exist in 2030

October 16, 2017

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Times are quickly changing, so here’s a list of gigs that probably won’t be around in 10 to 20 years.

1. Librarian

More and more people are clearing out those paperbacks and downloading e-books on their Tablets and Kindles instead. The same goes for borrowing — as books fall out of favor, libraries are not as popular as they once were. Many schools and universities are already moving their libraries off the shelves and onto the Internet.

2. Paperboy/papergirl

As more news junkies get their daily fix online, actual newspapers are falling out of favor. This is good news for trees but bad news for all the kids who once earned extra cash delivering papers door to door.

3. Cashier

It can be really nice to see a friendly face when paying for your groceries, but a lot of shoppers would rather just pay for their stuff and get out. Many retailers are catching onto this, and installing self-checkout machines.

4. Receptionist

It’s annoying when you call a business and have to deal with an automated system, but many businesses have adopted such systems. That means human receptionists may soon find themselves going the way of the dodo too.

5. Telemarketer

Telemarketers are no longer in high demand because of Internet-based marketing, but those equally obnoxious “robo-calls” are still pretty common.

6. Travel agent

Sites such as Expedia and Travelocity have made booking a trip as easy as posting a few Tweets. Because of this, most travel agents have already had to move on to other careers.

7. Word processor

Typing was once a pretty common office job, but word processing apps have made hiring living, breathing typists unnecessary. Such jobs are in a downward spiral, and will likely hit the bottom sometime in the next 20 years.

8. Social media manager

Social media has only been a major force for 15  years or so, but the popularity of social media may force social media managers out of business. Who needs these experts when we’re all becoming experts? In 10 or 20 years, we may not even remember what a social media manager, cashier, or receptionist is.