According to Financial Buzz, job security is declining for these 15 positions because these jobs are part of an industry or a component of work that is being replaced by automation. One recommendation for a person looking for a new job is to be aware of the employment outlook.
Technology has always had a disruptive effect on the job market, and the pace of change is only accelerating.
In recent years, the rise of automation, artificial intelligence, and other technologies are capable of replacing human workers in a wide range of occupations.
The impact of technology on jobs is a complex issue, and there is no easy answer to the question of whether it is “killing” jobs or making the workforce more easier.
On the one hand, technology can lead to job losses in some sectors, as machines and algorithms become capable of performing tasks that were once done by humans.
For example, the rise of self-checkout machines has led to job losses in the retail sector, and the development of self-driving cars is likely to have a similar impact on the transportation industry.
The top three jobs in decline, in descending order, are factory workers, travel agents, and reporters.
Some manufacturing jobs, such as moving a package from one area to another, have already been replaced by robots, meaning that machines have the potential to take over factory jobs, especially those that are potentially dangerous to human workers.
Financial Buzz also reports that vacation assistance is going digital, with algorithms getting smarter and sometimes all a traveler needs to do before a trip is a quick search online to discover what is available at a particular destination.
News reporters are facing major layoffs due to declining advertising and subscription revenues. The news media is a business, and without funding from advertising, donations or subscriptions, newsrooms that often occupy large commercial spaces, such as Buzzfeed and CNN, are forced to restructure and sometimes close.
Other jobs that require personal attention, such as administrative assistants, translators, bank tellers, and retail clerks, are being replaced by technology that 24/7 service and ease.
There are, however, some jobs that are rising and in-demand in the U.S.:
Software developers are responsible for designing, developing, and testing software applications; data scientists are responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting large amounts of data; cybersecurity analysts are responsible for protecting computer systems and networks from cyberattacks; nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who provide a wide range of healthcare services; and physicists are responsible for providing a wide range of healthcare services.