Fortune Magazine published its annual list of the “Worst Jobs” for 2015. Here it is:
1. Newspaper Reporter
3. Enlisted Military Personnel
7. Corrections officer
8. Taxi Driver
10. Mail carrier
What quickly becomes evident when perusing the list is that journalism as we knew it up until today is in a decline. The staggering number of newspapers and magazines going out of business reflects the massive digital age revolution we are witnessing in front of our eyes. What seems fair as a prediction is that machines, computers and software will be doing a lot of the work that previously put human beings in full time jobs.
Moreover, this phenomenon is certainly not limited to the journalism industry; it can be seen across the board as banks fire tellers in favor of online banking and ever-more-sophisticated ATMs, and retail stores rely more and more on online shopping. The truth is that we all currently benefit from technological innovations that make our lives “easier” and one of the prices of that comfort is a tidal shift in the associated job markets. Soon enough, the phenomenon will hit and drastically alter the job prospects and roles of accountant, lawyers and even doctors (yes, robotic surgery is on the way).
The world underwent a similar revolution when the 1800s, when machines started overtaking agricultural and other cottage industries – replacing them with factories and assembly lines.The current digital revolution will similarly render a segment of the workforce obsolete, and will force people to obtain new skills and find new ways to be relevant and marketable.
Experts predict that the lion’s share of desirable jobs in the future will sprout from the entertainment industries: games, movies, TV shows, online video, and social media.