Dying professions

You might agree, disagree, add or subtract professions:

1. Travel agent

Thanks to online travel booking sites, everyone is their own personal travel agent these days.

2. Mortgage broker

The number of traditional mortgage brokers dropped by 80 percent during the Great Recession

3. Bookkeeper

Blame artificial intelligence for the decline of the bookkeeping profession, says Dmytro Arshynov of DMA Financial Management LLC in New York.

4. Lawyer

Pugliano notes that a lot of the work once done by case researchers can now be done with increasingly sophisticated algorithms.

5. Broadcaster

One in 10 of the nation’s 33,202 radio and television announcers are expected to see their jobs disappear by 2026 – streaming is the culprit.

6. Middle Manager

The paper pushing done by middle managers is increasingly being done by enterprise software like Oracle and Salesforce.

7. Casino cashier

Casinos are increasingly turning to automated machines to reduce labor costs, meaning the man or woman in the casino cage is going the way of the one-armed-bandit-style slot machines.

8. System and server administrator

With so much of computing becoming cloud-based, the IT guy who patrolled your office is becoming less and less relevant in today’s workforce, says Nicholas C. Fiorentino, chief executive at CrediReady.

9. Financial planner

Tasks once performed by low-level retail financial planners are quickly being outsourced to planning software, apps, robo advisors and investing algorithms.

10. Floral designer

The number of flower arrangers fell 25.6 percent between 2005 and 2015 and is projected to fall another 16.6 percent between 2015 and 2025. Blame the internet and its burgeoning business of flower delivery, as well as a push by supermarkets to bolster their floral departments and sell loose flowers directly to customers.

11. Postal worker

Online bill paying and keeping in touch with friends on social media are the biggest culprits in the dreary outlook for workers.

12. Photo processor

Digital photography continues to make job hunting tough for people who work with film.

13. Data entry clerk

Word processing, voicemail and the internet means we end up doing a lot of the tasks that once would have been delegated to an administrative assistant.

14. Detective

Surveillance cameras, spyware and DNA databanks make it easier to solve crimes.

15. Architect

In the corporate world, engineers can do the same tasks, and in a residential application, anyone can draw plans for new homes or for remodeling permits as long as they comply with the current codes.

16. GP

Routine diagnostics for things like strep throat and ear infections will be replaced with cheap, in-home tests.

The alternative will be for doctors to spend less time diagnosing illness and more time on addressing human factors that produce better wellness outcomes.

17 comments for “Dying professions

  1. dearieme
    August 21, 2018 at 12:26


    • Distant Relative
      August 21, 2018 at 13:22


    • August 21, 2018 at 13:51

      Pope, the poet. Yes, poet’s not much of a profession.

    • Mudplugger
      August 21, 2018 at 16:24

      In fact there are 100% more Popes at the moment than we have ever seen before, so that’s quite a vibrant profession, evidently not a dying one.

      • The Blocked Dwarf
        August 21, 2018 at 18:11

        “In fact there are 100% more Popes at the moment than we have ever seen before,”

        Au contraire, or rather not quite. If I recall my Church History aright, we have had 2 popes (and even 3 at one point if memory serves) simultaneously…back when there was one in Rome and one in Avignon. The difference now is that they don’t send knights in armour to settle theological questions of importance .

  2. Chuckles
    August 21, 2018 at 13:45

    Most certainly are not professions, and few are trades.

  3. Lord T
    August 21, 2018 at 13:49

    I can accept most of them but;
    14) That is exactly the thinking that has reams of people looking through twitter while we get blown up by nutters.
    15) If they conform with the codes. that is why we use these people because they know what the codes are and are unlikely to get their brand new house demolished because it doesn’t meet fire regs.
    16) Same bunch of dickheads think that they can replace skills with algorithms and the NHS get worse year on year.

  4. August 21, 2018 at 13:54

    N8 seems pretty useless. 🙂

  5. The Blocked Dwarf
    August 21, 2018 at 15:01

    I’m surprised that ‘Stenographer’ didn’t make the list but then again I had a chat a while back with a retired Journalist, known to several here I would think. She, for a lady she is, now teaches shorthand to Undergrads in Journalism! Teeline I think -for the geeks among us. Surprised me in this age of every smartphone being able to record to almost sound studio levels of quality that we still insist on Journalists being able to reach a certain WPM speed. But apparently the need for shorthand, for journalists, has only increased because digital recordings can be faked, much harder to forge a page of notes counter signed by the interviewee. And there is little sign that UK Courts will allow audio recordings anytime soon.

  6. The Blocked Dwarf
    August 21, 2018 at 15:24

    JH, can you lift the lid of the spam bin and check please if my comment landed there?

    • August 21, 2018 at 18:25

      Yep, found it, trashed it as requested.

  7. Mudplugger
    August 21, 2018 at 16:34

    No 13 – The data-entry clerk, such sweet memories.

    In my early working days in a large corporate office, there was a ‘punch-room’ filled with nubile and highly dextrous talent, around 40 in number, inputting data onto punched cards in a most alluring manner.

    We ‘young bloods’ had a secret competition going to see how many of them would accept our ‘non-data’ entry before the end of the year – I didn’t win, but it was lots of fun, especially the last-push effort at the staff Christmas Party – I thought those two might clinch it for me.

  8. August 21, 2018 at 18:26

    Ah, Youngbloods:


  9. ivan
    August 21, 2018 at 22:06

    The reasom for number 3 is very strange since there are no real AIs available. The AI thing is all marketing hype designed to get the unthinking to think ‘wow that’s impressive’ and nothing else.

  10. August 23, 2018 at 00:04

    I’m thinking about a world without lawyers. It sounds wonderful. I can’t wait.

    • Mark Matis
      August 23, 2018 at 00:20

      Well you do know the definition of a crying shame, do you not:

      A bus load of lawyers going over a cliff

      -Wait for it-

      with three empty seats.

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