Comprehensive List Of Dying Professions You Should Avoid

According to Jon Pugliano, the author of a human survival guide to staying afloat in the automation age “The robots are coming” white collar jobs will be replaced by automation soon. “Jobs that are mathematical or contains logical equations will be phased out soon, creating opportunities for people who can solve unexpected problems and or create new products/services”.

Your bookkeeper/accountant might be out of a job soon, emergency room doctors, surgeons, and plumbers will still be needed in the automation age. Pugliano and other experts have made a list of dying professions which will be most hit by the automation age, and this is not as a result of the service not needed, but as a result of a decline in the job market. They also provided alternatives where skills in these dying professions can be utilized to secure future employment.

Travel Agent

The advent of online booking sites has made everyone a personal travel agent today. According to the Bureau of labor statistics (BLS), there will be a 12% reduction of travel agents in the next ten years However, it is not all gloomy for this dying profession, there is alternative employment which requires the skills and expertise of a travel agent.

The occupational outlook handbook suggests there is an increasing need for people who possess expert knowledge for a specific destination or specific types of travelers. This category of people includes study travelers, luxury, corporate and travelers above 55.

Mortgage Brokers

Another dying profession affected by the great recession. During the recession, there was an 80% decrease in the number of traditional mortgage brokers, and those who managed to keep their jobs had their salaries slashed by 30%. This once lucrative profession has not recovered ever since, and this is due in large parts to online brokers such as Guaranteed rate and Rocket mortgage who has made getting a quote very fast and efficient.

This assertion was made by Timothy G. Wiedman, of the Doane university Nebraska, a professor of management and human resources. This trend is not about to stop soon, when you factor in the millennials, which represent a large part of future home buyers, who are adept at buying everything online, having grown up doing same, the mortgage brokers job forecast looks bleak.

Fortunately, the folks in this profession possess financial skills transferable to other jobs within the financial services industry, according to Wiedman. To remain relevant, these folks are advised to pick up relevant professional credentials and make the leap.


According to Dmytro Arshynov of the DMA Financial management LLC, artificial intelligence is to blame for the bookkeeping profession decline. AI embedded in sites like Receipt Bank and QuickBooks online can auto-access your bank account financials and prepare a schedule form and simple form 1040. With the improvement associated with most technologies, Arshynov opined that automated technologies will completely take over bookkeeping within a decade. It is a dying profession.


The world will always run with the lawyers in it, but the bulk of the legal work will be handled by smart technology. Pugliano observed that the bulk of work done by case researchers will be increasingly carried out by complex algorithms. He, therefore, advised that aspiring lawyers should focus more on other areas that have to do with witness profiling or jury selection, areas that specialize in human non-routine emotion intense areas to avoid the rut of this dying profession.


By 2026, a total of 1 out of 10 of the nation’s 33,202 television and radio announcers will be out of a job. This is as a result of industry consolidation and the ever-increasing use of syndicated content. Furthermore, the decline is enervated by the proliferation of music streaming services. More people prefer music streaming services over the local disc jockey. However, party DJs have recorded an increase in demand for their services, and this has been projected to increase by 6% by 2026. Earning about $32,000, same as their on-air broadcasters.

Middle Managers

Salesforce and Oracle are enterprise software’s that have taken over the paper work executed by middle managers. Pugliano said people in this job should shift their focus to more profitable ventures like client relationships, sales, and development of products and services.


Casino Cashier

Gaming has seen the number of inherent opportunities increased as many states legalize gambling. Unfortunately, being a casino cashier is not one of the opportunities. Casinos are automating systems and processes to lower wage bills. The woman or man in the casino cage will soon go out of the job. The expected growth of this industry will increase the demand for dealers. But while there is an increasing demand for dealers, estimated to be 8.7% over the next 10 years, they earn significantly lower wages than cashiers ($19,552/year compared to $22,970).

IT Support

IT supports are also called system and servers administrators. Computing is increasingly cloud-based, that IT personnel marauding your office will soon become redundant in today’s workforce, according to the chief executive of CrediReady, Nicholas C. Fiorentino.

This redundancy is already operational in small businesses which favor outsourcing IT support system. This has created an avenue for system administrators, freelancers and programmers to manage IT support services remotely and efficiently and at a reduced cost to businesses according to Fiorentino.

Financial Planners Planning software’s such as investing algorithms, robo advisors, apps and other planning software have taken over tasks once carried out by financial planners says, Pugliano. But there is an opportunity for financial planners, who are highly skilled at market strategies such as risk mitigation and asset protection.

Floral Designers

Between the year 2005 and 2015, there was an approximate fall in the number of flower arrangers by 25.6%, and a further decline of 16.6% has been estimated to occur between 2015 and 2025. The decline in the number of flower arrangers can be solely attributed to the booming business of flower delivery through the internet, as well as the market move by supermarkets to sell flowers directly to customers. The skills of a floral designer can, however, be transferred to other merchandise display, interior design which has higher pay and is growing.

Postal Workers

The number of postal workers will drop by 28% by the year 2026 according to statistics presented by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The advent of social media, online bill payment is the biggest threat to postal workers in the postal service. The BLS further predicted the mail sorters will be the hardest hit with an estimated 50% drop in postal jobs in the United States postal service.

Online retail companies use postal services to deliver products, but that does not fully make up for the decline. Cluster mailboxes, Automated sorting systems, and increasingly tight budgets will have a negative impact on employment. The number of postal services delivered in the year 2018 was 149 billion, this stat was 212 billion a decade ago.

If you think online retail companies like Amazon, AliExpress will through a magic wand save the postal service, you are in for a shocker. These companies are aggressively building capacity to cut cost, developing a delivery network chain whose main aim is same day delivery to rival brick and mortar businesses.

Photo Processor

People who work with film have found job hunting difficult, thanks to digital photography. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said there are about 23, 853 photo processors in the United States. This number is expected to decrease further by 19.7% by 2026. Are you a shutterbug? Fear not, there is an increasing need for photographers. The photography profession is expected to increase to 215, 286 jobs, a 12% increase by 2026. The people who take a photo for advertising firms and businesses will experience the biggest increase in the next decade.

Data Entry Clerks

This category of people will be the hardest hit in the overall decline in opportunities in office and administration work. All thanks, or rather blame on technology. The internet, voicemail and word processing apps mean most of the task once delegated to an office assistant can now be effectively carried out with ease personally. Opportunities for data entry clerks has been reducing for several years, and the recession helped sink it lower.

The recovery of the U.S economy has not helped people in this profession. The BLS estimated that a total of 13, 200 typists will be out of job between 2010 and 2020, and a further 15, 900 data entry clerks will have to look for other paying jobs within same time frame.

Telephone Switchboard Operators Surprised there are still people who worked as Telephone Switchboard Operators? Don’t be, their numbers have been progressively falling for decades, and are estimated to decline further by 33% in the next decade. About 109, 300 people will be working as a switchboard operator by 2020. And the blame is on technology once again.

There is even an office which makes use of Amazon Alexa to route phone calls to recipients. AI systems, voicemail, and texting will make Telephone Switchboard Operators obsolete sooner than later.

Farmers and Ranchers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated an 8% decline of agricultural workers between 2010 and 2020. And this is not as a result of lower consumption of foods and associated products, but because of an increase in farming efficiency, automation which leads to higher yields while cultivating on a small piece of land.

Fast Food Cook

Technology is guaranteed to make low paying jobs go extinct. And a typical job at the low paying food chain is the fast food cook. It is one of the jobs on this list that requires a low qualification, less than a high school diploma. The Bureaus of labor statistics says there will be a 3.6% reduction from 2010 figures, 511, 400 fast food cooks will be out of job by the year 2020.

The reason is not farfetched, Automation! Fast foods have devised a cheaper method to prepare food offsite. Employees simply reheat foods in their stores and deliver to customers. A decade ago, this may be inconceivable, but technology has advanced to a stage whereby a microwaved version of food has the same aroma and flavor as an onsite cooked version.

Newspaper Reporter

For the past 17 years, there has been a drop in newspaper circulation and Sunday circulation has been at their lowest since 1945. It is worthy of note that the year 1945 had fewer people, and newspaper reporters are losing their jobs. According to BLS, 1 out 0r 10 reporters will lose their job in the next decade.


Jewelry are now being produced outside the United States. By 2024, the number of jewelers will reduce by 11%by 2024 according to the BLS.

Textile Machine Workers

This job also requires a low qualification, this low skilled job is increasingly carried out overseas. The reduction in textile machine workers affects tenders, operators, and setters of weaving and textile knitting machines. Textile machine workers who are highly trained and skilled machinist will experience an increase in the number of job openings available to them. Maybe a better option, a machinist who uses grinders, milling machines, lathes to make bolts and other components are set to see available opportunities increase by 12.9% by 2026.

Furniture Finisher

A furniture finisher shapes and refinish a worn out or damaged furniture. The decrease in furniture prices has made replacement often cheaper than repair. Furniture finishers in production do not fare any better, as the process has become fully automated and production moved outside the country. The BLS estimates a 0.7%, 20,113 declines in furniture finishers by 2026.

The Door to Door Salespeople

According to the BLS, about 1 out of every 5 salesmen job will be lost by 2026. The advent of new media, online targeted advertisement, search engines is far more productive and efficient than a door to door salesman talking to disinterested customers, therefore, it is a dying profession. However, there are other opportunities for salespeople. An insurance salesperson out-earn a door to door salesman by double, and their numbers are on the rise. BLS has estimated expansion of about 10.6% to 651, 215 by 2026.

However, there are other opportunities for salespeople. An insurance salesperson out-earn a door to door salesman by double, and their numbers are on the rise. BLS has estimated expansion of about 10.6% to 651, 215 by 2026.

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

This job is a dying profession and will decline at a much slower pace than present, it’s a decline all the same and it is a bad time to be in this business. The heaviest hit will be the people who finish and bind books, all thanks to decreased demand and technology. Expect a 10.6% decline print binding and finishing Workers by 2026 according to the BLS.


Solving crime has never been easier. With the advent of DNA databanks, spyware, surveillance cameras, Pugliano said he sees a decline in traditional gumshoe detective as reported in the book ‘on the coming age of robots’.

The BLS does not forecast a decline in investigators or private eyes soon, nor for physicians or architects, which comes after this job, this profession will need to adapt and modified to stay relevant. He further stated that policing in the future will deal more with reducing recidivism and criminal rehabilitation and less on solving crimes.

Routine Architect

There is no bright future for people aspiring to study architecture, it is a dying profession, this is according to Jim Molinelli, an architecture lecturer with the Texas A&M University. You need five to six years of college and about four years of internship to become a licensed architect. ‘’And all these to end up with lower earnings providing a service characterized by low demands, Molinelli said’’ He further opined that services rendered by architects can equally be carried out by people without licenses.

Engineers can carry out these services in the corporate world and at home, all it needs is for someone to comply with the current codes to draw plans for new homes. ‘’With the possibility of carrying out this task yourself, or hiring a non-licensed individual and at almost a fraction of the cost, the public won’t see value in hiring a licensed architect.’’

Maybe Even Primary Care Physicians?

Pugliano said resident primary care physician whom you pay annual visits to for check-ups or when you are feeling not too well may well lose their jobs to doctors who make house calls. Ear infections, strep throat, and many more routine diagnostics will be carried out at home at a lower cost. ‘One way to address this problem is for doctors to focus more on addressing human factors and less time diagnosing illness.

This provides better wellness outcomes; performance coaching, counseling for addiction and obesity, first responders and many more he said’ Artificial intelligence won’t replace the role of the doctor anytime soon but will change the day to day task for many doctors. It is not exactly a dying profession, but huge changes will be accommodated to stay relevant going forward. There you have it, 25 dying professions you should avoid in 2019.

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