Top 10 Dead End Jobs

And some hints on how to avoid them.

While employment indicators may be stable or even optimistic, there are areas of the economy that are shrinking. In those areas, there are jobs, and whole career fields, that are becoming obsolete.
Worse than being in one of these dead end jobs today, would be finding yourself spending time and money training for one of these jobs. So let’s look at where some of these jobs are so we can avoid them at all costs in the future.
Top 1o Jobs Expected to Decline in the Next 5 YearsFarmers and Ranchers
About a quarter of a million farmers and ranchers will find themselves out of work in the next 5 years. Modern farming is complex and increasingly automated. Margins in agriculture are small, so big farms are swallowing up family-owned independent operations across the country.Textile Workers
Today, more and more apparel and textile factory work happens off-shore due to the much lower cost of labor abroad. While some companies pride themselves on their Made in the USA label, this is not a growing industry or career field.

Word Processors, Typists and Data-Entry Clerks
Technology is reducing the need for these types of workers. Today, voice recognition software, tablets and other portable computing devices make the need for the extra human resource close to obsolete.

Stock Clerks and Order Pickers
The increasing use of technology for inventory control and the growing use of automated equipment is reducing the need for stock clerks and order pickers across all manufacturing and wholesale operations globally.

Administrative Assistants (Secretaries –  except legal, medical and executive)
Because of the advances in technology, many executives, professional and managers do their own correspondence or data entry. Where administrative assistants are still needed, technological advances reduce the number of individuals required.

Telephone Operators
Switchboard operators are rare today. They are often replaced either by automated voice recognition answering software and/or by a receptionist who does double-duty on the phones, when in-person contact is required. Communication via email, text and mobile phone has also significantly reduced the number of calls that come into businesses and institutions.

Electronic Equipment Assembly Experts
Productivity and precision are buzzwords in manufacturing, and unfortunately for the labor market, machines do this better than humans. When human assembly is required, manufacturers often send their assembly work overseas to countries where labor costs are lower.Computer Operators
A computer operator is/was an individual who managed big, cumbersome computer systems of the 80s and 90s (and maybe early 2000s). Today, we rarely see this job title in an organization.
operators.Snail Mail Sorters and Postal Processing-Machine Operators
The impact of technology is to blame for the decline in the need for mail sorters and processing-machine operators. First, there is an overall decline in the volume of physical mail being sent through the postal service. Next, automated equipment for sorting and processing mail eliminates the need for as much human interaction with the remaining volume of mail.Travel Agents
While specialized travel agents and travel advisors may be attractive to a select group of clients, we are increasingly relying internet booking for travel.

Our advice: Stay away from these industries unless you feel you have some skill that supersedes the technological or other developments that have forced a decline in a particular position. If you love something about one of these industries (i.e. travel), consider other areas within the field where you can put your expertise and passion to work (i.e. hotel management, tour operations, etc).