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Obsolete Jobs: How Tech is Automating the Modern Office

Once upon a time, the idea that machines could someday replace people for performing certain jobs sounded like science fiction. However, as technology continues to advance and improve, automated systems are becoming increasingly skilled at performing tasks that only humans used to be able to accomplish. Because of this, certain jobs are beginning to vanish in the new economy as automated tech continues to be perfected. Here are some examples of jobs that are on the verge of disappearing from the career marketplace.

Parking Enforcement Workers

Remember the Beatles song about "Lovely Rita Meter Maid?" Well, if Rita was a real person in today's society, she may find that she's about to be laid off! Parking enforcement workers are being replaced by automated ticketing kiosks at many parking garages and other public parking lots across the country. Where it was once necessary for a person to determine whether a car is parked illegally, machines can now scan license plates to assess whether a person has paid the necessary parking fee, whether he or she has parked in the correct spot, and whether the person's allotted parking time has expired. Because of this, the need for parking attendants and others whose job it is to ensure that everyone is appropriately parked has dramatically decreased.

Front Desk Receptionist

These days, more and more businesses are moving away from employing a human being to answer the phone, and are instead relying on automated phone answering systems. In addition to this, other tasks that were once associated with the position of front desk receptionist are also getting automated, eliminating the need for a person at the front desk altogether. High tech solutions like visitor management systems are allowing businesses to save money by letting a robot handle the flow of in-office traffic. Not only that, but since more and more companies are ditching the office concept altogether in favor of a remote workplace that allows employees more flexibility and a good work-life balance, there's less of a need for a person to physically be sitting at a reception desk with earbuds in.

Motor Vehicle Equipment Installers

No surprise here- the automotive assembly line perfected by Henry Ford way back at the beginning of last century has received a major upgrade. Humans are no longer required to install automotive equipment. Now a car simply has to roll down the line to receive any and all repairs, customizations, or assembly at the hands of automated robotic arms. Not only does this change improve business processes and increase production speed, reducing bottlenecks, but it also increases safety and quality by ensuring that each part gets installed exactly the same, with zero margin of human error.

No matter how many jobs vanish due to advancing technology, the business world will always have a need for the human component. We no longer need people to perform simple jobs that automated systems can handle, but we still depend heavily on human brain power to help make those systems work, fix them when they're offline, and continue developing them as they grow ever more powerful. It's accurate that some jobs are going the way of the dinosaur, but humans will always be in high demand for the most important aspects of business.

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