Thanks to Rockstar Finance, I recently came across a blog post entitled How to Be Frugal in the Year 2025. Not only was it one of the best personal finance posts that I have read in a while, but it started me thinking – what other things will be significantly different a few years down the road?
As I enjoy writing about education and career outlooks, I began thinking about jobs that probably won’t be around in 15 years. Due to advances in technology, changes in the times, and an ever-shrinking world, I propose that the following list of jobs will go extinct in the near future – maybe even before Justin Bieber goes out of style.
I have traditionally encouraged people not interested in college to consider driving trucks. Not only is it very possible to make $50k+ a year, but you can reduce your expenses by living in your semi.
However, the days of truck driving could be fast approaching an end. While Amazon’s drones may never take off, Google proposes that the self-driving car will be on the roads in five years. And, considering Google already has 200 self-driving cars cruising around California, this is a realistic possibility.
As soon as driverless vehicles hit the road, unmanned transportation companies will appear in droves. Not only will companies save thousands by not having to pay drivers, but the vehicles will be able to travel 24/7 – meaning that trucking company’s can cover more than double the distance every week.
One of the highest paid specialty doctors is the radiologist – which makes no sense considering all they do is look at pictures. Sure, searching for cancer is more difficult than finding Waldo at the beach, but the reality is, these digital pictures can be instantly sent to anyone in the world.
Radiologists make well over $400k looking at a variety of x-rays, CT scans, and other medical images. Although this service will still be necessary in the future, I propose that it will be digitized and outsourced far more frequently.
Not only will computer programs be developed to read the obvious slides, but doctors in India and the Philippines will be educated to read these x-rays. Even if you want to have the readings triple checked, paying 3 doctors in India $30,000 each will still be tremendously cheaper than the American doctor.
Local College Professors
Why should you sit and listen to a mediocre professor give a lecture when you can listen to a Harvard guru speak about the subject? While I don’t believe that in-class education will ever go permanently away (because of the social aspect of learning), I do believe that the way it is done will change tremendously.
After all, it’s expensive to pay someone with 30 years of education to sit in a single classroom and speak to a group of 20 students. This is why education is so pricey today.
I believe the future college classroom will consist of class facilitators – with undergraduate or masters degrees – who will facilitate discussions and grade assignments. Meanwhile, the actual lectures will be recorded by the best in the field and distributed to universities across the globe.
How to Succeed in the Future
Honestly, there is no job that is 100% secure as we move into the future. With technology changing, global competition increasing, and lengthening lifespans, the only certainty is that the future will be uncertain.
There is one way, however, to ensure that you remain competitive in the work environment of the future – be entrepreneurial minded. Regardless of what occupation you may pursue – always seek to be at the cutting edge of new innovations.
If you’re a truck driver, be the first truck driver to buy a driverless truck. If you’re a radiologist, consider starting an accredited residency program in India. If you are a professor, determine whether your strength is in research or public speaking – and master that area.
To excel in the future, we can’t sit around waiting to see what will happen. We need to be the ones that shape 2030.
How will you prepare to be a success in 15 years?