Special Report

18 Jobs Being Replaced by Robots

Printing press operator
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15. Printing press operators
> Projected loss 2014-2024: -12.5%
> 2014 jobs: 173,000
> 2024 jobs: 151,400
> Median annual wage: $35,240

About 125 daily U.S. newspapers have gone out of circulation in the past decade, and more are expected to close. As the newspaper industry continues its shift from print to digital distribution, fewer and fewer printing press operators will be needed. Employment in the field is expected to decline by 12.5% by 2024.

Print Binding
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14. Print binding and finishing workers
> Projected loss 2014-2024: -13.7%
> 2014 jobs: 51,200
> 2024 jobs: 44,200
> Median annual wage: $30,260

Much like the changes in the newspaper industry, which is moving to digital distribution, changes in the way people consume written material will decrease the demand for those responsible for examining and finishing binded books and magazines for quality control. As a result, the number of Americans employed as print binding and finishing workers is projected to decline by 13.7% between 2014 and 2024. Not only newspapers, but also magazines, and books are being increasingly moved to digital formats such as computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Handwriting, Correspondence Clerk, writing a letter
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13. Correspondence clerks
> Projected loss 2014-2024: -14.7%
> 2014 jobs: 8,400
> 2024 jobs: 7,200
> Median annual wage: $35,320

Due to advances in technology and computer software, correspondence clerks are quickly becoming a job of a bygone era. The responsibilities of a correspondence clerk typically include composing letters on behalf of a business or organization to notify relevant parties of such issues as damage claims, delinquent accounts, invoices, service claims, to name a few. With advancing computer software often automating such routine correspondences, the number of people employed as correspondence clerks is expected to decrease by 14.7% between 2014 and 2024.