30 Jobs That Will Not Exist in 2030 Because of AI

By Nick Hadji 11 months ago

1. Travel agent

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With so many travel websites at our fingertips, it’s no wonder that travel agent jobs are becoming rarer and rarer these days. Many travel operators have realized this, and are now closing down their branches to focus on their online offers. With this in mind, it’s highly likely that you won’t find any travel agents by 2030.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Cashier

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Let’s face it – there are a LOT of self-service checkouts these days. Contactless payments, Apple Pay and even cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin becoming more popular, which means that cashier roles aren’t as common as they once were. While a few people still prefer to pay with cash, it won’t be like that forever.

3. Mail carrier

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There will still be a need for couriers to deliver parcels, but things don’t look good for the traditional mail carriers delivering letters. This is because a lot of regular mail probably won’t exist in the future; bills and statements are now viewed and paid online, and that pesky junk mail is sent straight to your inbox.

4. Fast food cook

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As fast food chains try to save money on their operating costs, automation could be the answer.  According to a 2013 study, it’s predicted that a whopping 81% of fast food chefs face being replaced by automation, and brands like CaliBurger are already using AI burger flipping assistants to speed up their processes.

5. Textile worker

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Textiles are still in high demand, but the number of employees the textile industry uses is dwindling. This is because clothes are more commonly made by machines rather than people these days. As machines are able to perform a lot of the manufacturing and production work in a shorter space of time, there are fewer opportunities for employment.

6. Bank teller

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People will still need to consult with financial advisors and experts, so banks will remain open. But there will be a lot less of them than there once was, meaning bank teller numbers will drop. With the rise of online and telephone banking, it’s easier than ever to manage your accounts and transactions, taking away the need to go to your local bank.

7. Sports referees and umpires

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We know this is a bit of a controversial one, but with the rise of video assistant referee systems (VAR) in the likes of soccer, tennis, cricket and rugby, it’s likely that we won’t need referees as we once did. While they do minimize the room for human error, some disagree with the use of VAR, as it takes away some of the drama and spectacle that comes with sport.

8. Telemarketer

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We suspect everyone other than telemarketers will be pleased about this one! But before you get too excited, those annoying, unwanted sales calls are actually just being replaced by even more annoying automated calls. Tons of telemarketing companies are already adopting this approach to cut their hiring costs.

9. Lumberjack

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Lumberjacks are disappearing fast. Thanks to our increasingly digital and automated world, the need for paper is reducing, and governments and companies are keen to create a greener and more sustainable environment. As such, there are already massive amounts of research into creating alternative eco-friendly materials and machines that elimate the need for lumberjacks.

10. Taxi driver

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Now that self-driving cars are on the horizon, the time of the taxi driver seems to be coming to an end. While apps like Uber currently offer a lot of jobs, these are expected to reduce significantly as self-driving vehicles will take over. It’s thought that this career path will be wiped out by the time we hit 2030.

11. Printing press operator

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There’s been uncertainty in the print industry for a while now. As more and more people switch to digital magazines and news sites, the jobs of printing press operators are now under threat. The problem has worsened now younger people prefer to get their news from less biased, less mainstream sources.

12. Dispatchers

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As we live in an age where we have options like Uber and Lyft at our fingertips, dispatcher roles just aren’t needed as much these days. Instead of booking journeys through dispatchers, people are opting for automated taxi-dispatch systems and booking software, which eliminates the need to interact with a human.

13. Truck drivers

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Just like taxi drivers, truck drivers are also facing extinction thanks to the invention of self-driving cars. While the technology isn’t quite there yet, it’s expected to be all the range by 2030 as companies look to save hiring and operational costs. While there may be a few truck drivers still around, they’ll be much rarer than they are today.

14. Assembler/ fabricator

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When it comes to manual labor jobs, automation seems pretty inevitable. Assemblers put together everything from aircrafts and vehicles to toys and electricals, but now that technology is getting smarter, these jobs will be replaced with machines. According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, the industry will face an 11% decline in assemblers by 2028, resulting in the loss of around 203,300 jobs.

15. Legal secretary

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Automation has already had a huge effect on the legal secretary profession, with thousands of jobs being swallowed up by tech. And it’s a situation that will get worse. A recent Deloitte report suggests that over 114,000 legal jobs could be automated in the next two decades as cloud computing and artificial intelligence become the norm.

16. Data entry clerks

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Jobs that involve data entry or document organization may well become obsolete in the future. As AI and technology become ever more sophisticated, non-problem-solving skills like data entry will likely be replaced by software and machines. The technology isn’t quite ready yet to replace data clerks completely, but we’re guaranteed to see some big changes in the next few years.

17. Farmers

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While some farmers will still be needed to oversee the management of crops, the back-breaking tasks of farmers will be reduced thanks to automation. Humans will no longer need to plant and weed crops, as we’ll have machines to do the hard work for us. This will hopefully lighten to load for struggling farmers with small teams of staff.

18. Waiters and bar staff

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Okay, not ALL of them will be gone. But there will definitely be fewer waiters and bartenders now we live in a world with AI. This process has accelerated thanks to the pandemic, as many restaurants decided to minimize human contact. They simply give you an iPad as you’re seated, and leave you to order your food and drinks through an app.

19. Military pilots and soldiers

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The military is much further on with AI than the rest of us. They were the first to start using drones before they hit the mainstream, and will continue to innovate tech to reduce the need for soldiers to be sent into war zones. If humans ARE deployed into the action, they are special ops teams who are deployed only when there's no other technology at play.

20. Stock traders

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Most of the world’s stocks traded on a daily basis are done by bots, so the job of a stock trader is already well on its way out. With so much money tied up in the stock market, it’s no huge surprise that the industry was one of the first to roll out mainstream automations that reduce the need for human intervention.

21. Construction workers

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There are at least 200 million people working in construction around the globe, and with developing countries on the rise, you'd expect this industry to be hiring tons of new workers. But as technology and AI gets smarter, construction workers aren’t as in demand as they once were. Numbers are expected to fall steadily as we approach 2030.

22. Parking lot attendants

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More and more companies are now choosing to roll out robotic parking systems to provide automated garages. With this, there will be no need to pay a human to park cars, making this job pretty much extinct. While this saves companies money, it means a tighter job market for humans wanting to work with cars.

23. Librarian

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As the world becomes more digital, the need for physical copies of books and reports is beginning to disappear. That doesn’t mean to say that we don’t need libraries at all, as it’s important for people to access books and computers if they don’t have them. But there likely won’t be as many by the time we hit 2030.

24. Coders

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Coding and computer programming skills might be in high demand right now, but it's highly probable that ChatGPT and similar AI tools may end up filling some of the gaps in the near future. It’s thought that ChatGPT will be able to code much faster than humans, which means can be completed by fewer employees.

25. Teachers

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While teachers are worried about pupils cheating on their homework with AI tools, they might want to also think about their job security. Artificial intelligence tools are already capable of teaching, but they currently have a few bugs, and aren’t able to deliver classes as effectively as teachers. However, this technology is continuing to get smarter, which means teachers could eventually be out of a job.

26. Customer service agents

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Chances are, you’ve already dealt with robot voices while trying to get through to a customer service team. And it’s looking likely that this trend will continue in the future. ChatGPT and other technologies are being used by more and more businesses to reduce their hiring costs, meaning those annoying chatbots are here to stay.

27. Market researchers

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AI is pretty good at analyzing data and predicting outcomes. So it’s no huge surprise that artificial intelligence may well leave market researchers out of a job in a few years’ time. AI can collect data, identify trends within that data, and then use findings to design an effective marketing campaign – everything a market researcher can do.

28. Accountants

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Accounting might be viewed as a stable profession, but thanks to leaps in technology, these jobs are now under threat. There are tons of AI accounting tools on the market now, meaning more and more people can take care of their accounts themselves. While some may prefer to give their accounts to a professional, the future looks uncertain for those in accounting roles.

29. Graphic designers

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With tools like Canva, graphic design is already becoming much more accessible – leaving professional graphic designers out of work. And the future could get even bleaker for graphic designers now that new AI software is in development. DALL-E, an AI tool that can generate images in seconds, is tipped to be a new potential disruptor of the graphic design industry.

30. Receptionists

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With auto check-ins already available at places like hotels, doctors and dentists, there is less need for receptionists. Nowadays, even fast food restaurants offer communication screens and tabs, reducing the need to make contact with a human. However, a few receptionists may still be needed to deal with complex customer queries.

31. Jobs that AI could never replace: lawyers

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Sure, lawyers deal with a lot of facts and data that AI could sort through much quicker, but lawyers also have to negotiate and base a lot of their job on personal experience and personal learning. An AI can't replicate the feelings and knowledge attached to individual cases.

32. Directors or CEOs

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Most of us would rather our boss be a robot - or maybe we say they're already one - but the reality is, AI could never operate as a manager, director or CEO of a company. This is because so much of this is about leadership and understanding a team on a personal level - with decisions changing all the time.

33. Singers

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We all have our opinions on autotune - love it or hate it, a machine just can't replicate the talent and emotion of a human voice. Sure, AI could produce music and instruments, but an actual singing voice can't really be replaced. Unless you're really into music that is one tone all the way through!

34. Courtroom judge

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In the same way that lawyers need to adapt their expertise for cases, so do judges. Judges need to rely on both the facts and their instincts in dealing out fair punishments or judgements. There has to be a 'human' mentality within a courtroom to understand different cases and what the best option is.

35. HR managers

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Sure, AI can definitely help a HR representative deal with their workload or certain tasks more quickly - but a lot of things will still need a human input. In the case of new hires, AI could sift through a pile of resumes to find the best candidate - but it takes a human to know in an interview whether they're right for the job.

36. Politicians

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One big difference between humans and machines is the ability to adapt creatively, especially in sudden circumstances. AIs are based on facts and programming that they can't change on a whim. A politician needs to adapt to any sort of situation, and it takes a human to try to lead humans, after all.

37. Actors

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In the same way that machines can't replicate the human emotions and tone of a singing voice, the same can be said for Oscar-worthy performances! Nobody wants to watch a robot on screen - unless you're watching Terminator - so it takes a human to put out a very real performance.

38. Therapists

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The surge in AI support for mental health problems is actually a good thing - being able to automate when someone reaches out for help, or even just some form of ChatBot saying supportive things can make a difference in certain circumstances. But nothing is going to replace a personal, human touch and the emotional range of understanding therapists have when dealing with very personal issues.

39. Priests

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One key difference between man and machine can be spirituality - AI is very much based on the facts, while humans need faith. This is why an AI could never replace a spiritual job like a priest, because these figures practice learning, understanding, compassion - and a whole other host of very human emotions.

40. Surgeons

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If there's one area AI can improve, it's the medical field - but would you want a robotic arm or a human hand performing your surgery? Of course, technology can help human surgeons to do their job, but in many cases, a human brain is needed to make life or death decisions, or prescribe the right care.

41. Professional athletes

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Watching a professional athlete, no matter the sport, is all about the experience of watching what amazing things human are capable of when they train and push themselves. Understanding their fitness technique and how they work. Watching robots run around knowing they're programmed to do things easily just isn't the same.

42. System analysts

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Do you think a robot can fix itself? Or an AI can understand problems in another AI? Technology can do a lot of problem-solving, but ultimately, it's going to take a human system analysts to keep the AI working in the first place - at least for now... A human is the one who can learn and correct.

43. An artist

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There has been a huge surge in AI-generated art, and there's no denying that most of it is pretty impressive. But art - in any form whatsoever - comes from the human experience. A person paints something in a way that is unique to them. Art develops over time because of the history of the world. AI can use certain prompts and words to create art, but can it replace feeling the emotions of the human artist behind the piece?

44. A writer

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If you've ever read one of those hilarious AI-created scripts, you'll know exactly why a robot can't replace a human author. Unless the only genre for the rest of time is comedy. Just like an artist, writing is about that human experience - but it's more technical than that, too. It takes a learned human to put words in the right order, and you'll know that AI struggles with that coherent sentence structure sometimes!

45. Designers

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While AI can produce some intelligent designs, it's not very good at creating something new that's never been done before. Design work where the clients want something specific or new need that human creativity to make it happen, rather than a machine basing it on everything that's already been done.

46. Editors

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There are many great automated tools for editing written work, like spell checking and grammar, that AI can easily do. But an editor's job is more than that - it's also fact-checking, looking for coherency in the words and also understanding the tone with the audience in mind.

47. PR managers

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Public relations is very much focused on human interaction and forming positive relationships. It's a job that very much needs the human touch and a delicate hand for managing many different clients - which an AI would very much struggle with in terms of human relationships!

48. Event planners

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There are many automated processes that could help event planners and vendors to do their jobs, but an event planner is a job that an AI would simply not be able to do. The planner needs to liaise with multiple people, juggle many plates, understand a client's creative vision and give that personal touch.

49. Marketing managers

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AI is actually a key tool in a marketing manager's job, in terms of understanding data trends. But it's unlikely an AI would fully be able to replace a marketing managers role in understanding those trends, feedback and understanding target audience. Managers also need to move fast with changing trends.

50. Sales managers

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Being a physical sales rep and manager means creating a personal connection with customers and using persuasive skills to make a sale. Not only that, but these managers need human thinking to work out how best to hit sales targets and push products. It would be very difficult for an AI to do all that!