We live in an exciting time, where technology and automation are advancing every day. As a result, plenty of jobs are being replaced by machines or new software. Here are four industry jobs that we believe will be extinct by the year 2040.
1. Truck Drivers
The driverless revolution is upon us, and that means many transportation jobs will disappear. Taxi drivers, bus drivers, and train drivers are all at risk. Pertaining to manufacturing and logistics especially though, truck drivers are at the greatest risk. Truck drivers often have a relatively high salary, of an upwards of £10/hour. As a result, they are prime candidates for cost cutting in an organisation. With the driverless technology there, it is only a matter of time before the truck driver goes the way of the T-Rex.
2. Utility/Energy Engineers
Power industries are due to undergo major changes in the near future. Fossil fuels are falling out of fashion, in favour of renewable energy. Large national grids are being forecast to be consolidated into smaller, locally operated smart grids. This can therefore lead to the loss of jobs for a huge number of operators and engineers working within these industries.
3. Forklift Operators
Again due to driverless technology, another job is at risk. This time it’s in the warehouse, with forklift operators being potentially replaced by automated solutions. The main idea here is to eliminate the human error. Driverless forklifts will be able to work all day, and continue to process orders overnight. The new machinery will not require the expensive investment of training operators, and they will cut the cost of a salary as well.
4. Manual Operating Jobs
Jobs involving the control and operation of manufacturing machines are potentially under threat. As technology and automation evolves, the need to employ people to do manual, repetitive tasks is falling. Years ago a manufacturing plant may have had hundreds of people working on the production line to manufacture a product. These days the job can be done much cheaper and more efficiently by industrial robots. Advances in technology bring about smarter machines which can communicate with each other via the Internet of Things. They will also be able to better detect faults and issues. Machines would, of course, require maintenance regardless. However, without the need to monitor the machines all the time, a reduction in jobs is inevitable.
Don’t Worry – Jobs Are Just Changing
With all that’s been said, you’d be forgiven for worrying about the future and how the job market may be decreasing. But even with industry game-changers like automation and smarter machines, jobs are always being created where others are destroyed. For instance, automated machines will still need designing, programming, and updating. When fossil fuel power stations close down, jobs will be found in designing and building renewable energy solutions, and then transmitting that energy. The market isn’t shrinking, it’s always expanding.
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