Skip to comments.10 Popular Jobs That Are Quickly Disappearing
Posted on 07/15/2014 7:40:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
As the digital sector grows, jobs that rely on older technologies, such as newspaper reporters, mail carriers, and lumberjacks, are rapidly becoming obsolete.
A new study by CareerCast revealed the top 10 professions predicted to lose the most jobs by 2022, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mail carriers are most endangered, with a projected 28% decline by the year 2022. Farmers and meter readers will also see significant shrinkage, with an anticipated 19% decline for each within the next eight years.
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1. Mail Carrier
BLS job description: Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.
Median salary: $53,100
Expected change in employment by 2022: -28%
BLS job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.
Median salary: $69,300
Expected change in employment by 2022: -19%
3. Meter Reader
BLS job description: Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.
Median salary: $36,410
Expected change in employment by 2022: -19%
4. Newspaper Reporter
BLS job description: Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Median salary: $37,090
Expected change in employment by 2022: -13%
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LOL! $600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ...
Based on what I read, editors must be paid even less!
pretty weak analysis...
Most of these jobs are going away because of digitization. There will never be digital equivalents to farmers or lumberjacks, these professions are simply becoming more productive due to the use of mechanization and are not more “going away” than is manufacturing, which now requires fewer workers for the same reason.
In addition, production agriculture is now a very high-tech business which requires workers having greater skills that are paid higher salaries. Knowing how to program a PLC is more valuable on many dairy operations today as knowing which end of the cow the milk comes out of.
Had to laugh about how newspaper reporters are described as collecting and analyzing information. They left out that reporters apply liberal political bias to whatever they are “analyzing”, and that they don’t actually analyze the issues of the day dispassionately.
I can see those meter reader jobs going away altogether. Recently, my electric power company installed new meters that provide electronic readings to their central billing location. I would expect the water and gas meters to do something similar in the not too distant future.
I think you can say the same about reporters and post office workers. There is more news and letters being created than ever before. The fact it is occurring on a computer screen rather than paper makes it more efficient, eliminating redundant jobs.
“...$600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ......”
Even more puzzling given that the meter reader is most probably much more intelligent than the reporter.
“LOL! $600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ...”
Too bad reporters aren’t requited to stay as accurate as the meter readers.
In my area, they don’t collect and analyze. They go somewhere something interesting has happened and make up a story that sounds good to them.
Creates fictional or slanted stories to enforce personal and professional biases. Lies to readers to advance selected agenda. Provides wide-reaching public forum for dissemination of propaganda. Aids in social re-engineering through selective publication of distorted information.
Yeah, but they’re hiring Turd Counters in San Francisco by the bucket loads.
I anticipate a time when almost everything that goes on is digitally controlled and people sitting in cubes monitoring activity and churning out reports will compete for jobs worth less than $40,000 a year while plumbers, electricians and home repair professionals will command well over $100 and hour, work on their own selected schedules and require large deposits just to get on their appointment schedule. Emergency visits will be very expensive.
Big difference in how they report. A meter reader has to report the truth.
BLS job description: "Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation.
Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television. Revise facts to fit progressive agenda. Put favorable spin on the truth to help democrat candidates or support liberal issues - get approval from local DNC staff.
I plan on farming after I retire in a few years. Good thing I have two million dollars, because in a years time, I’ll be a ‘millionaire’ farmer.
At least I can feed myself and a few select others...much more than I can say for many others. :)
re: Tax Examiner and Collector. Why it’s disappearing: New technologies allow companies to streamline the tax examining and collecting process, meaning they need to make fewer hires.
I hardly think these are going away. In the age of Obama and democrat politicians the tax code is getting more and more complicated every year. The number of these workers should be increasing rather than decreasing because companies must hire experts to keep themselves out of trouble with the IRS.
Tax Examiner and Collector
RE: Tax Examiner and Collector
I sure hope so.... Let all those at the IRS go obsolete.
As the California girl said, since we can buy all of our food at the supermarket, we don’t need farmers anymore.
unless of course our dear leaders decide that “affordable plumbing” is a protected right for all (ex - “affordable housing, Health Ins).
Then the plumber’s hourly wage is capped for the public’s general welfare.
The saddest and most dangerous one here is farmer. As the small and medium farmers/ranchers get squeezed out Monsanto, Con-Agra, and other giants will have a strangle hold on our food supply (the whole GMO thing is another argument). That puts healthcare and food under government control. Pretty strong leverage.
There's an app for that?
“They go somewhere something interesting has happened and make up a story that sounds good to them.”
I lost track of the number of times I worked a fire or accident scene and read about it in the paper and the only thing that matched what I saw was the location.
My plumber, who I’ve known since he was a kid, charges $175 just to show up. He has his own biz and makes a pretty good living. He works his tail off though. Not that there is anything wrong with that. ;)
I don’t speak to reporters, you don’t want your name attached to whatever they make up.
It reminds me of the axiom that "With capitalism the rich become powerful and with socialism the powerful become rich."
Why it's disappearing: Obamacare.
The two most successful people I know from my childhood are a plumbing contractor and a tire shop owner.
“I dont speak to reporters, you dont want your name attached to whatever they make up.”
I will even circle cover like a squirrel to stay out of the picture!
Makes sense - meter readers read meters for a living, while reporters read the NYT.
My nephew is in school right now majoring in commun ications (journalism). I told him he should’ve become a plumber. The problem is he is lazy and doesn’t like to work.
Newspaper reporters as well as TV news reporters are being replaced by propagandists who slavishly regurgitate what they are told by the government. I would expect that both meter reader and postal worker jobs could be retained for decades by their unions just like steam locomotive firemen were riding in diesel locomotives...it was referred to as “featherbedding”.
There are already water meters that transmit data automatically to the central billing location. They aren’t prevalent but the market is growing 20%+ CAGR.
Thank you. I hate it when we have to go to the article to see the whole list, when all I want is the list.
How to make a small fortune in horses, start with a big one.
Exactly, LOL! :)
4. Newspaper Reporter
BS job description: Collect and analyze facts and ignore them. Report lies and innuendo and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Median salary: $37,090
All three of my meters (electric, gas and water) are remote read. The electric meter is outside so I didn't care whether it was remote or not, but the other two are inside my house so I had to schedule time away from work to have the meter read and I loved not having to mess with that anymore. The gas meter was such a nuisance that I had even considered paying to have it replumbed and moved outside just to avoid dealing with it.
he would do well to go talk to some local reporters or news team members. The very low wage and long hours that all but a chosen few have to work in order to make a lower middle class living is something the “J” school professors don’t talk about. Everyone thinks they are going to end up being a national correspondent or 6 o’clock anchor desk resident. But, those people are a small percentage of the media that on average makes around $40K a year (less in small markets). If he is lazy, he is going to get a real shock at how competitive mid size and large markets are.
I told him that the only ones who made any money are anchors and they are more personalities than reporters.
His answer was.....but this is what I like. I told his dad....he’ll never make enough to take care of hisself. He’s 29 and still lives at home with dad.
If your nephew is good looking maybe he can marry well. Joking aside, there have been plenty of creative people who succeeded with their own programs after being around the industry and meeting the right people.
Actually him marrying well is our last hope. lol
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