This society is undergoing as massive an upheaval as the change from an agrarian society to the Industrial Revolution. Some job categories are dying and may become nearly extinct. Stephanie Powers has an article, The 9 Worst Career Choices Right Now
Your career may be doomed if you pick the wrong occupation. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics cites technology, continuous productivity improvements and competition from less expensive imports as reasons some jobs are disappearing. Based on employment projections for 2006-2016, here are the jobs to avoid and alternate careers you could recareer to instead.
1. Photographic Processing Machine Operators
The need to develop film to print photos is quickly becoming obsolete as digital photography becomes more prevalent. Customers now operate kiosks to print photos from cards or print them at home using inexpensive photo printers. The need for photo processing machines operators is expected to decline 49% over the next six years.
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Transition attention to detail and experience operating machines to a field expected to grow faster than average. Prepare specimens and use computers and other machines to analyze them. Training for positions can be obtained through two year associates degrees, specialized community colleges and technical school programs which often offer internships. Median pay: $32,840.
2. File Clerk
File clerks record and retrieve information stored on paper or microfilm. Many organizations use computerized filing systems that require file clerks to scan documents and categorize them. Even given the push to “go green” and conserve paper, there are many paper documents that require file clerks to manage. But, the occupation is declining rapidly due to computer systems that categorize and retrieve documents electronically.
3. Sewing Machine Operators
This fast-paced, repetitive work requires workers to use sewing machines to join pieces of clothing, upholstery and other textiles together. Inexpensive clothing and textiles imported from other countries is decreasing the need for workers 27%. (Learn what both the supporters and critics have to say about this growing global trend. Read The Globalization Debate.)
Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
4. Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
People who put together electronic equipment are being replaced by robotic or automated systems. Production of electronic equipment is also being imported from countries with cheaper labor costs. The need for this highly-specialized work force is expected to decline 26%.
5. Computer Operators
Large computer systems traditionally require operators to keep them running properly. Duties from fixing hardware errors, performing backups, exchanging storage media, etc. have become largely automated, prompting a decline in jobs of 25%.
6. Order Clerks
Technology is making the need for human intervention in order processing obsolete. Demand for workers who used to receive orders for products and services in person, over the telephone, online or on paper forms is expected to decline 24%. Automated systems now track inventory, process the orders and monitor their progress through warehouse and billing departments.
Cargo & Freight Agents.
7. Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders for Metal and Plastic
Manufacturing products made from metal or plastic requires operators to setup and operate machines. Automation, imports from other countries and production improvements will reduce the need for these workers by 23%.
Welding, Soldering and Blazing.
8. Bindery Workers
The pages of books, magazines, and other materials are attached together by workers with attention to detail, keen eyesight and accuracy. The binding process is being enhanced with computer automation and imports from foreign countries, reducing the need for workers by 21%.
9. Press Technicians & Workers
Workers who setup and run printing presses are being replaced by automated computer systems as printing turns increasingly digital. The need for workers is expected to decrease 21%. (Learn how to answer some of the hardest interviewer questions and scenarios. Check out Tips To Beat Tough Interviews.)
Quite often workers in dying sectors may be eligible for different types of re-training support. Those seeking information might want to consult a WorkSource Center A Worksource center can be located by going to America’s Service Locator
A big issue which is facing many who must retrain is age discrimination. The Department of Labor has information about Age Discrimination Alison Doyle has written a helpful article, on Age Discrimination: How Old is Too Old? Newsweek has an article by Nancy Cook, Keep Young and Beautiful, Especially at Work which looks at the impact of recent litigation.
This is a massive societal upheaval and all people can do is remain flexible and open to any opportunities. There is a caution however, be alert to cons and scams because vultures can sense the desperation of the long time unemployed.
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