Have you noticed how the world is changing? Well, duhh, you might say, but I am referring to job opportunities. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where the unemployment rate is low, good for you! Even so, you may not have thought about the jobs that are being phased out, being replaced by technology. It troubles me that people think it is a wonderful and quick convenience, and although that is true it also is taking away jobs that real people do – or used to do.
I found this interesting article on Yahoo.com called Top 10 dead-end jobs on their way to extinction. From it I excerpted a couple of lists for you to see, but do go to the actual article and check out what else it says.
The 10 jobs that won’t exist in 10 years include:
- Social Media Expert
- Taxi Dispatcher
- Toll Booth Operator
- Retail Cashier
- Word Processor / Typist
- Switchboard Operator
- Photo Finisher
- Postal Worker
- Video Store Clerk
- Print Journalist
5 fast-declining careers
- People Greeter
- Photo Laboratory Associate
- Head Cashier
- Data Entry Clerk
Of course, with the decline of some jobs there is the rise of others.
5 fast-growing careers
- Financial Advisor
- Representative Financial Service
- Field Sales Representative
- Sales Associate
- Social Worker
I also am concerned about people, especially young people, who have no understanding or preparation in place for retirement. It is never too early to start putting money away for that because the way the economy is going with prices going higher and higher, who is going to be able to live without something in place? And NO, the government will not be able to carry us. Even if there is an Old Age pension in place for you it will be such a small amount that if you are counting on that to live on you will find yourself under the poverty line, with barely enough to cover anything. Seriously, go see a financial advisor and check out what I’m saying.
Okay, that’s my rant for today!
Have you found your job being phased out? Is your job on the list? Do you feel okay about your financial future?
PS. If you are a writer, can you live off your earnings from writing, or will it provide enough of a supplement for you to live comfortably or even help pay the bills?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
This is interesting. I’m am employment counsellor and work with this everyday. It is true some jobs are no longer and will be phased out but just as many new jobs are being created. Technology, for instance, has created many more jobs than it took away. There never used to be an IT Department and now we can’t live without those amazing people, I advise job seekers to do research and find jobs that will be around for awhile. The most important thing today is to keep learning and keep up to date with your skills.There will always be change, it is the only thing constant. People need to be proactive and be prepared. As for my writing, I can’t live off my earnings. That’s why I have my day job!
Thanks for your helpful input, Darlene. It seems the older generation, and some of my own generation, resist the change that involves technology. It is not something grown up with as it is for the children of today, so resisted. But is not going away.
We moved because my dad was afraid his type of job would be phased out. He was offered a job in a different type of work and took it. Hopefully there will always be work for official food tasters (because that’s what I want to be – just kidding). 😉
I hope your dad likes his new job. We moved when I was fourteen and my mother changed teaching jobs to teach in a new school, so my dad left the construction company he worked for and started his own business. It was a big change for all of us.
A food taster, huh? 🙂
I can say that here in rural areas that jobs are definitely on the decrease especially with what’s been taking place in the forestry industry over the past several years. Sad but in the community I live there are no jobs. People either drive 45-60 minutes to work or, the greater portion of them, are retired. I think the job situation really has a lot to with where you’re located geographically. We’re not all willing to move to urban areas.
Most writers I know have a full time job. I know some people think that writers get rich from their earnings. I’m still hoping. 😉 Interesting post.
I agree, it is rough in rural areas to find work close to home. My husband travels an hour to work in the city every day, but our son-in-law works in Alberta, getting home every few weeks to be with his family for a few days.
You aren’t rich yet, Laura? 😉 I know it isn’t as promising as it used to be but, yes … never give up hope.