10 Jobs That May Soon Disappear

A new report identifies the most endangered careers of 2014.

The overarching message of a new list from CareerCast is one you've probably heard before: When it comes to the future of jobs, tech beats paper.

Analyzing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerCast ranked the top 10 endangered jobs of 2014. Mail carrier jobs are the most endangered, with a 28% decline in projected growth. The newspaper industry is also on the list, with a 13% decline in projected growth for newspaper reporters. Travel agents are on the fast track to extinction, threatened by convenient book-your-own-travel companies like Kayak and Airbnb.

Here are the 10 most endangered jobs of 2014:

  1. Mail carrier
  2. Farmer
  3. Meter reader
  4. Newspaper reporter
  5. Travel agent
  6. Lumberjack
  7. Flight attendant
  8. Drill-press operator
  9. Printing worker
  10. Tax examiner and collector

So what are the jobs of the future? How does a career as a digital death manager or digital detox specialist strike you? Check out the 8 jobs people will have in 2025.

[Farm Image: via Shutterstock]

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  • Mike Snyder

    1/3 of travel was still booked by agents last year. Niche - specialties and non published contracts provide avenues for travel agents to not only survive...but strive. Add to that the near non - existent customer service of online engines....and we are not so 'endangered'. :)

  • Richard Lutz

    Last I checked the Earth's population is only increasing. I don't see farmers going away anytime soon.

  • Sebastian Quevedo-Busch

    The whole list is absurd and this "fill in" article really really bad.

    Fastcompany drops an other step once again ... to bad :(

  • Flight attendant is an endangered job for 2014? So I presume airlines have already set up buffet at 38,000 ft.

    I understand a travel agent as they are now extinct but a farmer? Seriously?!! wtf people eat in US??

  • Don Funke

    Lame. The world will see many more farmers starting businesses. Not your typical monoculture farm in the grain belt but super efficient, highly productive urban farms. It's already happening. As civilization moves from it's 100 year reliance on fossil fuels to grow food we will need many more organic farmers and the world will be healthier for it.

  • Jim Brown

    Flight attendant? That's absurd. If anything, thousands more new flight attendants will be needed over the next few years to replace those retiring.

  • Dan Mitchell

    Sure, why treat this with any skepticism when you can just cut-n-paste some goofy bit of marketing copy? I mean, you're not a newspaper reporter, after all. Or, a reporter.