- Business and Employment
Jobs That Will Be Obsolete
Jobs That Will Cease To Exist 25 Years From Today. . .
Here is a list of jobs I foresee disappearing from our economy in the near future. Many of my choices will seem surprising to many:
1. Military Fighter Pilots: If Predator drones are any indication, it only makes common sense that the military fighter pilot will eventually become a relic. From a military perspective, you can't lose with a fighter drone vs. the conventional aircraft. A fighter drone puts none of the lives of your military personnel at risk. The fighter drones are cheap compared to conventional aircraft when looking at both costs and resources. A fighter drone never sleeps, never gets impatient, and can literally land anywhere.
As technology advances, the issues of range and low fuel capacity will be solved. Once that happens, the conventional fighter pilot is finished. The military will still employ many people though to run and monitor these aircraft, only this time they'll be sitting in the comfort of an office in front of their computer screens, with rotating shifts, far away from all the combat action. Demand for engineers and mechanics to maintain and construct these aircraft will also likely increase.
Once nations discover the military budgetary advantages of fighter drones, I expect most of the world to soon follow in the footsteps of the United States and build massive armies of fighter drones. Unfortunately, this means war will resemble more and more like a video game and we'll become more and more desensitized as human beings.
2. University Professors: With the costs of higher education soaring across the globe, and the reality that you don't need to sit in a building with a prestigious label in order to get a solid education, the university professor as I speak is already a costly and useless relic. The professor is only maintained by illusionary propaganda and a strong union presence. As people discover these emperors of the education temple have no clothes, outrage will certainly ensue and demand their expulsion.
The majority are led to believe that the liberal arts professors will be the first to go, but that professors of science, engineering and technology will be relatively safe. I disagree; in fact, I believe that professors in science and technology will be of the first to go. The reason that they will be the first to go is because technology and science advances at such a rapid pace, by the time you graduate, the information you acquire is already completely obsolete. Students will deliberately seek out unconventional methods and alternative educations to alleviate themselves from such a dire reality. Employers may have little choice but to go back to the "learn as you go" apprenticeship model to avoid the obsolete degree sickness that is currently plaguing many of their firms. The best way to keep employees current in science and tech is to simply have them continuously working in a practical environment that's constantly exposed to science and technology.
Most liberal arts professors will lose their jobs as well, but I expect a few token professors in the liberal arts to remain as candy for rich kids. While most technology and science skills are better acquired through the Internet and on the job, many (who can afford it) will still want to flock to a liberal arts professor who has experience publishing a book in a subject matter that's a passion.
3. Retail Salespersons: Currently online shopping is the sector that's showing the largest economic growth in the United States, while retail stores are starting to look bearish. Marketing surveys show that 99% of Generation Y have utilized online shopping, compared to just 50% of their boomer parents. Online shopping is starting to become mainstream for the younger generations rather than just an option. I expect this trend to continue from successive generation after generation until the retail establishment is phased out completely. This means the retail salesperson will become extinct.
4. Real Estate Agents: In a world with so much socialized media, with YouTube, Facebook, etc, why would you need a real estate agent? Kids these days love to take pictures, videos and write articles about everything imaginable. It doesn't take much of a genius to figure out they would do the same when trying to sell their own house. Real estate social media sites will soon be developed where people can upload videos and pictures of their homes and discuss deals with probable buyers in online forums. Such sites already exist, but they're only a seed, and the real estate agent hasn't been completely eliminated from the process. Eventually such sites will become main-stream and people will come to realize they don't need the real estate agent's consultation. The real estate agent will disappear much like the travel agent.
5. Stock Brokers: It's no secret that trust in this profession is at an all time low, due to the recent debacle of Wall Street, people would rather deal with a used car salesmen than a stockbroker. People also can't stand the idea of paying high commissions whether the broker makes you money or not. People are actively seeking out to destroy the stock broker as I presently write this article. I have noticed a new trend developing in young people and retirees. Young people are learning about investing as a second job. Retirees, with nothing better to do, are making it their full time job. People are now creating online brokerage accounts that cost practically nothing to start up. Often the commissions are low and sometimes there are no commissions at all. The stock broker is becoming a dinosaur. People are now starting to individually manage their own portfolios.
However, if the stock broker is smart, he/she will come to the realization that he/she can make a living by replacing the economics professor. People will demand lessons on how the market works, and they would most likely prefer to have such lessons from someone with practical experience.
6. "Hollywood Like" Celebrities: Future generations, thankfully, will laugh at our past devotion of celebrities. The children of generation Y will hysterically laugh and wonder why mommy cared so much about people she doesn't know or never met. Technology will make a celebrity out of everyone. Every High School will have their own token superstar novelist, journalist, musician, actor, etc. that will broadcast their material online across the globe and in the future, possibly virtual environments. People of future generations will develop more affection towards celebrities they actually know. Hollywood, Bollywood, whatever your wood, will become extinct. Much like a role playing game, people will want to be part of a celebrity culture where they actively participate, rather than passively worship an idol.
-Donovan D. Westhaver
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