As a 1980’s baby, I have seen my fair share of technological changes over the years.
- I remember my dad toting around a giant VHS camcorder to record family memories.
- I remember feeling like the cool kid on the block because my family had a VHS tape rewinder that was faster than the rewind feature on our VCR.
- I remember when large-screen Televisions and stereos systems weighed hundreds of pounds and took up large portions of your living room.
- I remember how long it took to connect to the internet using AOL (America Online), and the annoying noises it made while I waited.
As a whole, technological advances are a good thing! However, these advancements often have a direct affect on the workforce, often forcing certain occupations to cease from existing.
A long time ago, milk was delivered to your front door almost every morning by the Milkman. When you went to the bowling alley for recreation, a person was tasked with setting up the pins after you finished bowling each frame. In the evening, workers would walk all around their neighborhoods and cities, and light the streetlights so patrons could see where they were going. Thanks to advances in technology, these jobs are no longer needed.
In the not so distant past, VHS Tapes and DVDs filled the shelves of stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video for patrons to rent for their viewing pleasure at home. Although people still rent DVDs and video games from Red Box Kiosk’s at their local grocery store, several million others have turned to streaming services for their viewing entertainment. Neither of these practices require any human interaction at all, meaning neither of these practices require a large amount of employees to keep things running efficiently.
From Librarians to Mail Carriers, technological advances are making the need for living, breathing human beings less of a necessity and could affect the type of jobs available to our workforce in the near future. Check out this USA Today article that forecasts the eight jobs they believe will no longer exist by the year 2030.