Technology is always being employed to find newer, better ways of performing tasks. Historically, it was the creation of farming equipment revolutionizing agriculture and automation exponentially increasing the output of industry that have represented the most dramatic shifts in the labor market. Thanks to the ever-increasing sophistication of computers however, there are more jobs than ever that have the potential of being eliminated and replaced by machines. Some research suggests that almost half of American jobs could be replaced by machines in a few decades. In the past, jobs made redundant by new technology have generally been replaced by new professions, but it is unclear whether this will happen again in the computer age. While there’s no need to panic yet, as the jury is still out on whether or not this is largely good news or bad, there could be reason to be alarmed if you find yourself working in the following fields.
8. Professional Drivers
The self-driving car future is on its way, with many manufacturers planning to release partially-autonomous vehicles (with features suchs as hands-free driving at highway speeds and lane-changing) are expected to have a significant market presence as early as 2017. It seems that before we know it, human error on the roadway will be a thing of the past — but that also includes anyone who makes a living by driving. The costs savings of switching to a self-driving future are hugely significant — not just in terms of human life, but time as well. Unfortunately for anyone who drives professionally, shipping product by driver-less truck or sending someone a driver-less cab is going to win out economically every time (at least as soon as the technology is affordable and reliable) .