Jobs That Might Go Extinct Soon

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Jobs That Might Go Extinct Soon


Who would have thought that it’s not only animals and plants that go extinct but jobs too? For many of us today, hearing of a lamplighter or a pinsetter will most likely draw a blank stare followed by the question, “What is it?” Well, those were actually jobs before when technology has not yet run rampant.

A lamplighter was someone who literally kept a candle, and later on, gas street lamps lit while a pinsetter was a person in a bowling alley who put the pins back to their original position as well as send the bowling balls to where the players are.

Thanks to technology, these two jobs have become extinct since we already have electricity to power our lights and machines to set the pins. And the trend should continue as innovations continue to pile up in different industries that render human intervention moot.

Go Banking Rates, a website that makes finding competitive interest rates easier for the average consumer, shared in an article that the employment rate in the United States dipped by 4 percent in January and then by 3.7 in July 2019 as some jobs for humans were simply phased out. Here are some more positions that may soon be closed for good.



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Parking Enforcers

More and more countries are installing smart meters along the streets where cars can park for a fee and for a limited time. These meters are slowly taking over the jobs of parking enforcers as this device has made it easier for violators to pay their parking fine. There are even smartphone apps now especially dedicated for the use of smart parking meters. 

Although these smart meters still need human ticket readers, the fact is the technology is still developing so that this may also change soon. 



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Photo Processors

Remember Jonathan Byers from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things?” That scruffy and cute character works as a photographer and lab technician for their local newspaper. His job involves developing and processing photos from negatives. Today, as cameras that need films are slowly fading into oblivion, thanks to smartphones and digital cameras, photo processors may soon find themselves jobless. 

It was reported that by 2026, there will only be 4,900 jobs left for photo processors.



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Prepress Technicians and Workers

Before the emergence of digital printing, prepress technicians in printing presses were the ones who formatted and proofed the materials for printing. They also handled digital and photo typesetting and sometimes, even producing printing plates. 

Today, with desktop publishing and digital printing in full swing, writers and editors are the ones managing prepress tasks so that they’d only need to submit to the printer a digital copy of their work, ready for actual printing. Couple this with the decrease in print circulation of newspapers and magazines and it’s almost inevitable that prepress technicians will lose their jobs.



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Metal and Plastic Workers

By 2026, it is expected that only 68,500 jobs will be available for metal and plastic workers in the US. This is not only because of foreign competition, especially China, which is the world’s largest steel producer, but also due to the computer-controlled machines that are taking over the tasks for many types of production employees.



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Telephone and Switchboard Operators

If you have seen the TV series, “The Crown” and any other shows set before the 2000s, you might have noticed the employees who connected cords into jacks on a giant board. These operators were responsible for connecting calls to the appropriate receivers. Today, there are still people who work as telephone operators although they no longer do it manually, but instead, access directories and relay incoming, outgoing, and interoffice phone calls. Unfortunately for them, more and more companies and even homes are going wireless, cutting their landline services and just using their smartphones that soon, operators won’t be needed.



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These are the people who are responsible for processing payments of customers. It takes a lot of patience and a clear mind in order to stay in this job because they often receive all the questions and complaints from customers. These jobs are said to be decreasing because of the self-service checkout. Food establishments are using this convenient feature now to attract more customers and investors. It eliminates human contact and encourages faster transactions.



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Postal Service Workers

These employees make sure you receive your letters and packages on time. They are also responsible for sorting out and processing mail, but technology has gifted us with capable sorting machines that do the work faster and cheaper. Also, people aren’t sending letters through the post as much as before because they can simply send a text, a private message, or an email to someone and it’s received instantly, unlike letters sent through the post that can take at least day before it reaches the other party.




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