The Most Endangered Jobs Of 2015 Are Both Sad & Unsurprising

The Hawaiian Monk Seal and the American mail carrier have something in common: they're both endangered. Heading CareerCast's list of jobs that won't exist soon are indeed mail carriers. If you're a Millennial, that might not be a total shock to you — you were never really that reliant on the postal service, having grown up with e-mail. But for older generations, it will definitely be a marker of the times to see mail carriers be phased out. With an additional loss of 28 percent of jobs in the industry projected over the next few years, you might have to prepare yourself for a future where you teach your children of the seemingly mythological postal fairies who showed up at the same time every day to give and receive letters — y'know, the precursor to emails — another concept that might need some explaining. 

While it's quite obvious that technology has had a massive effect on the work force and the job market, it's still stifling to see the numbers indicating exactly how far its effects reach. But let's not look at technology like King Kong. It's much more of a solution than it is a problem, and while it might take a while for us to figure out adjustments within the affected industries, we will adjust, as we always do. The technological revolution is no more stifling than than the industrial revolution in terms of the job market and it we will come up with no fewer solutions. Here are the top 10 endangered jobs of 2015, according to CareerCast's findings:

Mail carrier

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We no longer rely on the postal service in the same way. Now that we have electronic communication and banking, we rarely have to use physical mail.

Meter reader

Companies can now track readings remotely, so much fewer field technicians are needed. 

Farmer

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This decline has been a long time coming. Technology has helped to eliminate many farming duties and with new developments every year working against the certain types of farming, decreases in the job market will continue to be seen. 

Newspaper reporter

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The decline in print sales all around have been a topic of conversation for some time now. The web provides easy access to news stories and will continue to hinder the ability for the print industries to flourish

Logging worker

Advances in machinery cuts the physical work in half, and the decrease in print sales has a direct link to the decrease in paper demand. 

Jeweler

Many jeweler positions are now outsourced and are no longer called for in physical retail positions.

Flight attendant 

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Major shifts in the airline industry have called for downsizing, laying off many in-flight staffers

Drill-press operator

Technological advances have decreased hiring needs.

Insurance underwriter

New processes have now made it possible for agents to take on this job that otherwise would have been outsourced to underwriters.

Seamstress/tailor

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We're now living in a society where consumers are more likely to buy new clothes than fix old ones. 

So don't freak — just stay informed, be open to adjustments, and be excited about your future.

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