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Librarians

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“This is not just about the automatisation of work but also about changing lifestyles. Books are relatively cheap, plus people tend to use more and more electronic readers or audiobooks these days. Not to mention that people read less in general. Don’t you worry – the libraries won’t just disappear overnight with books burnt in a bonfire, but the rental system will most likely become an online solution.” – Roger Maftean, a career expert at ResumeLab

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Commercial painters

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“For the past five years, we’ve had a hard time finding any apprentices or youthful people interested in painting. Our workforce has been getting older, and our competitors are experiencing the same problems. One contribution to this is a lack of interest in commercial painting. But another contribution is maintenance-free surfaces. New technologies in material sciences are creating walls, ceilings, and floors that don’t require any coatings. So not only is there less interest from younger people to become commercial painters, but there is also less demand due to these new materials being used to construct new buildings.” – Jeff Neal, project manager for Penn Coat Inc

Customer service representatives

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“The development of artificial intelligence brought us chatbots – friendly AI bots that substitute for customer-service officers. Perhaps the times when we hang on the customer-service telephone lines for hours will soon be over. Bad news for those that make a living as customer helpers, and for those who are good at it, too. But some thinkbots can do an equally good job, plus they’re cheaper and quicker.” – Maftean

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Computer-repair technicians

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“Already, computers have become so affordable that most users are more likely to recycle and replace them when they break down than to fix them. That’s likely due to the relative cost of parts and labour to have a computer-repair person fix it versus the more affordable replacement cost and the likelihood they’ll use the PC breakdown as an excuse to upgrade. In addition, it won’t be long before computers can do their own self-diagnosis and then provide instructions to the computer owner on exactly what needs to be fixed and how (if it’s hardware); or if it’s a software fix, the computer-repair bot will ask your approval and then fix it.”  – Handrick

Translators

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“It’s not that we will suddenly learn how to speak different languages. It’s that the machines will do it for us. Online translators are now able to listen to and translate a conversation on the spot, read it out loud and swap between dozens of language options. Soon, a human factor here will no longer be needed.”  – Maftean

Cashiers

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“Jobs such as cashier have already changed while not being entirely replaced. The job of cashier has taken on the flavour of an IT position because self-checkout lanes are growing in popularity.” – Sy Islam, PhD, Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College and Vice President of Consulting for Talent Metrics

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Mortgage brokers

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“During the ‘Great Recession’ when the real-estate bubble burst, there was a major shakeout in the ranks of well-paid, traditional mortgage brokers. The number of working mortgage brokers dropped by roughly 80 percent – and the average salary of the survivors dropped by more than 30 percent. Further, getting a mortgage quote on the Internet these days is generally quite straightforward. Finally, millennials are more likely to get things done via the Internet than in face-to-face transactions; and those young folks, along with their fledgling brethren in Gen Z, are the home buyers of the future. So, as a profession, the future for traditional mortgage brokers is quite bleak, and I believe that very few of them will survive the next decade.” – Timothy G. Wiedman, PHR Emeritus, Associate Professor of Management & Human Resources (Retired)

Tollbooth operators

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“More and more tolled highways, bridges and tunnels are using a cashless tolling system.” – Saurabh Jindal, Talk Travel

Bank tellers

Bank tellers
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“Physical bank locations are becoming increasingly less essential for consumers and businesses alike. With online and mobile banking options, 24/7 ATMs, and the rise of digital wallets, there is less need for brick-and-mortar financial institutions, which unfortunately means your friendly bank teller’s days are numbered. Over time, we will all become our own personal bank tellers.” – Tasia Duske, CEO

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