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The top 10 most endangered professions

schedule 21st April 2017 by Emma Brook in Virtual College Last updated on 24th April 2018

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With new developments, events and economic shifts, technology will certainly continue to play a huge part in our everyday lives for years to come. However, for some professions the advancement of technology could mean being replaced.

This year, for example, Capita plan to make 2,000 employees redundant, replacing their roles and investing their finances in automated technology. Meanwhile, across the globe in China, a production firm is reducing staff numbers in favour of robots and Glasgow Airport has recently hired a robot to entertain passengers.

While there are many aspects of the human touch that technology can’t replace, this does mean that there is a growing number of professions without jobs.

According to CareerCast, automation is spreading quickly and both employers and employees should be aware of this. But what are the top most endangered professions? Here we take a look.

By 2024,’s annual list of the top 10 most endangered jobs predicts that the growth outlook for computer programmers and news reporters will decrease by eight per cent:

  • Mail Carrier
  • Typist/Work processor
  • Meter Reader
  • Disc Jockey
  • Jeweller
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Seamstress/Tailor
  • Broadcaster
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Computer Programmer

The role of a broadcaster and a seamstress is also expected to become more endangered, with the growth outlook through 2014 reducing by nine per cent.

With a median annual income of £52,650, the position of an insurance underwriter also fell into the top 10, with growth dropping by 11 per cent. This decrease was also found to be the same for jewellers and DJs.

When it came down to the three most endangered jobs, meter readers were ranked third down by 15 per cent by 2024, typists or word processors were second (- 18 per cent) and the role of a mail carrier was found to be the most endangered (-28 per cent).


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Author: Emma Brook

Emma works in the marketing design team at Virtual College and works on a variety of print and digital design projects. In her spare time she enjoys going to gigs and the theatre.

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