We are officially in the age of the internet but it's not without its downsides. Here are some jobs that will eventually not exist due to the increase in activities able to be done online.
The fact that we got so much of our news from the internet has caused a decline in the need for mail carriers. Plus first-class mail volume has decreased due to online bill pay.
In past decades, trained meter readers used to be a necessity but with digital meters becoming more common, the position will see a 19% job decline by 2022.
In the past, travel agents were fundamental for booking a trip - they found your flights, booked them and provided you with travel information including maps and brochures. Now, you can easily go to Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, etc. to book a whole trip!
As a society, we are looking for more sustainable ways to live and unfortunately, that will affect the lumberjack occupation - it's expected to decline by 13% in the next decade.
According to a 2013 study done by Oxford University, the future of telemarketing jobs is not good. In the study, they stated that since it essentially involves reading from a script and is not a very interactive job, it can easily be computerized in the future.
At first, self check-out at the grocery store was frustrating and more of a hassle than it needed to be. But as they get more streamlined, the ease of using automated check-out machines may eventually render the cashier position obsolete.