Have you ever wondered just how long certain professions will be around for? Well to find out we surveyed more than 1,200 British members of the public and have discovered that more than a third (36%) believe taxi drivers will be extinct within the next decade. Educators, journalists and pilots also made the top five jobs that the public believe are at risk of becoming obsolete over the next ten years.
The survey revealed the top ten jobs most likely to become extinct by 2027 are:
- Taxi drivers – 36%
- Educators – 18%
- Cashiers – 11%
- Tube drivers – 10%
- Journalists – 9%
- Pilots – 7%
- Accountants – 5%
- Travel agents – 2%
- Postmen – 1%
- Translators – 1%
When asked why they think these jobs will become extinct, nearly three quarters (72%) of the people who took part in the survey answered the rapid progression in technology while 26% said the growing convenience of online services.
The introduction of self-driving cars was the most popular reason for why taxi drivers would become a redundant job, with almost three quarters (73%) of respondents stating that autonomous driving technology will make the sector extinct.
The rising demand for distance and online learning was the most popular reason for why respondents chose educators as a job that will go extinct, with more than half (51%) stating that online education platforms will take over the industry.
Self-service checkouts were seen as the leading cause of cashiers becoming extinct by two thirds (65%) of respondents.
People felt that the rise of citizen journalism on social media platforms (37%) and the decline in print journalism (46%) would be most responsible for the disappearance of journalists as we know them.
More than half (56%) of people said the need for pilots, delivery drivers, postmen and tube conductors could diminish massively over the next 10 years due to such huge advances in drone technology.
Nearly three quarters (74%) believed that accountancy would be extinct by 2027 because of the rise of new financial software which replaces the need for an actual accountant.
Online booking sites was the main reason people believed travel agencies would be gone within the next ten years by more than half (68%) of those asked.
Nearly all (90%) of those who responded that translators were the most likely job to go extinct believed that technology such as Google Translate would be the cause.
Bidvine.com CEO Sohrab Jahanbani has said,
“The evolution of the jobs market is fascinating and it’s particularly interesting seeing how members of the public see the future. Technology is going to continue to play a leading role in pushing change forward, and just like the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, we’re likely to see jobs change rapidly in order to keep up. However jobs evolve in the future, local services from handymen, plumbers and wedding photographers aren’t going away anytime soon, and Bidvine is here to connect customers with the right professionals.