Which jobs should no longer exist?

Endangered: Will these professions no longer exist in 10 years?

Our working world is constantly changing and digitization plays a large part in this. Technical achievements make our day-to-day work easier and machines are sometimes becoming our new colleagues. But one consequence of this is that certain professions lose their relevance over time - or even die out. Again and again there are predictions about which jobs will get it. So we took a look at six jobs that could end up on the red list in the next ten years.

Less relevance does not mean extinction

When you think of professions that are dying out, you might think of cashiers. Logical, because the number of self-service checkouts is steadily increasing. At the same time, however, you should use the term "extinct" cautiously. Not every profession that becomes less relevant will inevitably disappear. In some cases, jobs are simply cut, while others require further training. This means that cash registers may remain unmanned in the future, but the technology needs people to keep an eye on it and react to problems. So in some professions there is a shift in the areas of responsibility.

With this in mind, let's take a look at our six endangered professions:

1. Jeweler

Perhaps you scream at our first job and doubt that jewelers will disappear from the scene. But hand on heart, when was the last time you were with one? And do you really spend a lot of money on your everyday jewelry or do you fall back on cheaper costume jewelry? This is exactly where the problem lies. Quality jewelry is losing relevance due to fashion chains, Amazon and Co., and thus also the professional group.

Costume jewelry, on the other hand, is gaining in importance, even if it is mostly short-lived and has nothing to do with noble family heirlooms. Small, independent jewelers in particular will notice the turnaround, because they not only have to prove themselves against costume jewelry, but also against established chains such as Fossil or Christ. So it is likely that smaller jewelers will disappear more and more.

2. Journalists

Admittedly, the journalism industry is already a hard-fought field in which only very few have a great career. The journalist profession will not die out, however - there will be changes that can already be felt. Starting with the print media: Time and again, the printed word is attested that it will soon no longer be needed. Digitalization is actually to blame for this, as more and more people are taking out online subscriptions and using mobile devices to read. Nevertheless, print will never die out - because enough readers like to have paper in their hands, whether in the form of a book or a newspaper.

However, there will definitely be a downsizing in the print media, which is already noticeable today. In addition, it seems that anyone can now become a journalist - without any specific training or special language skills. As a result, the fight for the few vacancies is getting tougher. In the future, journalists will have to put on an even thicker skin, prove digital affinity and sometimes stretch their elbows.

3. Travel agent

When was the last time you went to the travel agency? And did you only get inspiration there and then book online later? The travel industry has definitely become a difficult professional field. Here, too, digitization has struck and has ensured that a professional group is in trouble. In fact, travel enthusiasts can find everything they need online: inspiration, information, price comparisons and even booking options themselves.

Of course, there are still people who find booking through a travel agency safer and therefore go there - the trend is clearly towards online booking. In the next ten years there will probably be a lot of job cuts here as well. However, some employees can be helped through further training and retraining so that they can find other areas of responsibility with the major travel providers. But as is so often the case, it will be more difficult for the independent ones who do not belong to TUI and Co. again.

4. Postman

People write fewer letters - and when they do, they are mostly Christmas or birthday cards or letters to official bodies. At the same time, however, more is being ordered online than ever. This means that post or parcel carriers will not completely disappear from the scene at first. It's no secret, however, that Swiss Post and other companies like Hermes are keen to save on manpower. A 28 percent decline in hiring is already expected by 2022. Ideas such as delivering mail via drones or robots can reinforce this over the next ten years. But even here it could mean that many work steps are automated, but the technology requires a human supervisor.

5. Cabin crew

Almost all airlines are in the red and are therefore keen to save costs. The lack of travel due to the corona pandemic only supports this effect. In addition, many people try to fly less due to the climate crisis and domestic or short-haul flights are used less. However, since airlines cannot (or should) save on technology, it is important to cut back on staff. And so flight attendants could run into problems for the next ten years. Due to the current pandemic, low-cost airline Ryan Air has even gone so far that pilots take over the duties of flight attendants. A concept that will continue to exist after Corona and can be adopted by other airlines.

6. Warehouse workers

Maybe at this point you shout: “Finally!”. After all, warehouse workers at Amazon and Co. have to work under difficult conditions and are exposed to constant stress, especially at Christmas time. That is why machines are now being developed to take on the job of warehouse workers. But a “hurray” shouldn't just be pronounced - because automation inevitably leads to job losses. Unfortunately, there is no way around it. It is therefore all the more important, as a person affected, to take precautions and educate yourself. Because even if the job of warehouse workers could become extinct, people will probably still be needed to control the work of the machines.

Stay up to date on the job

If this excerpt from the red list of occupations shows us anything, it is that many jobs can be in danger - even those that you don't have directly on your plan. It is all the more important that you stay up to date in your job. Regardless of whether it is threatened with extinction or not. Continuous training helps you stay relevant and opens up opportunities for you. So instead of angrily dragging yourself into a corner and cursing about digitization and automation, take your luck into your own hands and see it all as an opportunity - especially advanced training courses with a digital focus will pave the way for you in the future.