Special Report

18 Jobs Being Replaced by Robots

Statistical Assistant
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18. Statistical assistants
> Proj. loss 2014-2024: -10.9%
> 2014 jobs: 16,600
> 2024 jobs: 14,800
> Median annual wage: $42,700

As computer software becomes increasingly advanced, the demand for statistical assistants is decreasing. Statistical assistant duties often include compiling reports and charts, entering and analyzing data, and running calculations — tasks that are now automated relatively easily by computers. Demand for statistical assistants is projected to drop rapidly in the coming years. The number of people employed in the field is projected to decline by 10.9% by 2024.

Microphone and headphones. Audio recording or radio commentator announcer
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17. Announcers
> Proj. loss 2014-2024: -11.0%
> 2014 jobs: 52,500
> 2024 jobs: 46,700
> Median annual wage: $30,080

Advancing technology is expected to be the primary contributor to the 11% employment decline for announcers through the decade ending in 2024. Demand for radio program hosts will likely drop as more radio stations use pre-recorded segments that can be used in multiple geographies. Also, music radio stations are expected to shed jobs as more people turn to satellite and online stations that play music nonstop.

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16. Travel agents
> Proj. loss 2014-2024: -11.7%
> 2014 jobs: 74,100
> 2024 jobs: 65,400
> Median annual wage: $35,660

The first online travel agencies were launched in the late 1990s, and they have since grown to dominate the industry. Today, the ubiquity of booking websites such as Expedia and Priceline have made brick-and-mortar travel agencies fairly obsolete. By 2024 there will be roughly 9,000 fewer travel agents than a decade earlier, an 11.7% decline.