10 Evolving Jobs

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Job positions such as secretaries, operators, newspaper printers, steel manufacturers, etc.have been diminishing rapidly over the past decade. Many thanks to the ever-advancing computers, cell phones, voice recognition systems, and automated machines, numerous jobs that used to be considered integral to the workforce are declining. Fortunately workers who hold such positions can shift their skills to similar jobs with more growth. This article identifies 10 evolving jobs, the decline rate of salary in each job (from 2006 to 2016), and their more dependable and secure alternatives.

Telephone operators. Nowadays, fewer and fewer people are using pay phones, collect calls, and directory assistance. Thanks to 411 call services and cell phones, the need for telephone operators has been reduced significantly. The salary is $$32,710, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Division of Occupational Employment Statistics. And it is predicted to decline by 45% by 2016. The alternatives: desk clerks at hotels, motels or resorts, and customer service representatives.

Photographic process workers. The emergence of digital photography has enabled people to download, view, edit, and print photos on their own PCs, reducing the need for photographic process workers. Salary is $26,710 and is predicted to decline by 45%. The alternatives: Use your photo processing knowledge as a printing machine operator or as a photographer.

File and order clerks. The need to hire file and order clerks is reduced as organizations now use automated systems in placing orders. Digital storage and electronic retrieval of files reduce the role of clerks. Salary for file clerks is $32,190 and $28,130 for order clerks. Decline rate is 41% and 24%, respectively. The alternatives: traffic, shipping, and receiving clerks.

Bindery workers. The number of binding shops are dwindling since binding are now automated. What’s more, printing companies are now binding products in-house. Salary is $27,370 and the decline rate is 22%. The alternatives: While positions in production are decreasing, printing machine operators are declining the least.

Telemarketers. Due to the "don’t call" registry, the demand for telemarketers is dwindling. Salary is $16.16/hour with a decline rate of 21%. The alternatives: data communications analysts or retail sales.

Pharmacy aides. Pharmacy aides will be eventually replaced by pharmacy technicians who will perform the tasks aides usually do, such as operating cash registers, stocking shelves, and answering phones, stocking shelves and operating cash registers. Salary is $20,950 and the decline rate is 11%. The alternative: Undergo training to become a pharmacy technician.

Floral designers. Limited opportunities for career growth and low starting pay cause many people to leave the job. In addition, traditional flower designers get a strong competition from Internet florists. Salary in this job is $23,040 with a decline rate of 9%. The alternatives: landscape architects (who also create designs with flowers) or try to work in a greenhouse or nursery.

TV and radio announcers. The advancement of technology and such media sources as syndicated TV programming and satellite radio mean less demand for TV and radio announcers. Salary is $36,120 with a decline rate of 8%. The alternatives: reporter, news analyst, interpreter or translator, correspondent.

Samplers and weighers, sorters, testers, inspectors. These jobs are evolving rapidly because many companies are now using self-monitoring production machines that alert inspectors and testers to defects they would usually detect mechanically. The salary is $27,148, and it is predicted to decline by 7% by 2016. The alternatives: agricultural, transportation, and construction and building inspectors.

Information processing workers and data entry keyers. The ubiquity of PCs enables people to contract out or perform their own word processing, reducing the need to hire full-time staff. Technologies such as voice recognition systems and bar-code scanners lessen the demandfor data entry workers. Salary is $29,430 with a decline rate of 7%. The alternatives: interpreters, translateros, and dispatchers.




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