Published On: Mar 08 2013 02:29:41 PM CSTUpdated On: Mar 12 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT
Are you prepared for an evolving work environment or, worse, job extinction? Check out these jobs Salary.com says may be on the brink of extinction.
Librarian. Local libraries and a whole world of information are are now online, making librarians less needed.
Professional typist. Word processing on virtual paper has removed the wow factor of typing perfection.
Video store clerk. With live streaming movies on the web and mailbox deliveries, video stores -- and clerks -- are edging into relic status.
Umpires, line judges and referees. These professionals endure more and more heckling wannabes in the stands these days since instant replay technology and better cameras lets us judge the judges. This is more of an evolving profession than one that will ever become extinct.
Iceman. People used to have to rely on an icemanto deliver blocks of ice directly to their homes before the advent of the refrigerator.
Travel agent. With booking and travel details accessible online now, almost anyone can research destinations, make reservations and be their own agent.
Newspaper deliverer. A newspaper route was once a pre-dawn suburban rite of passage, but then the digital age dawned.
Family farmer. Automation and corporate conglomerates have plowed under many family farms, leaving malls and shopping plazas in their wake. Fortunately, this is more of a professional that is evolving as there is still a market for locally grown food.
Switchboard operator. The voice prompting us to push buttons and recite the "last four" of our "Social" used to be a live person sensitive to our manners. But voice recognition has made the phone operator nonessential.
Supermarket cashier. Again, this is more of an evolving profession. E-commerce and self-checkout have eased our need for cashiers, yet there is still a need for human touch, like when the scanner misfires and you're forced to signal for a clerk for help.
Postal worker. With so much of our communication, shopping, bill-paying and even banking taking place online these days, it seems like paper mail may soon be as quaint as ice and milk truck deliveries.
To read more about jobs on the brink of extinction, go to salary.com.
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