25 Dying Professions You Should Avoid

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John Pugliano, author of “The Robots are Coming: A Human's Survival Guide to Profiting in the Age of Automation,” sees plenty of white collar jobs that will be threatened by automation.

"Bottom line, any routine job that can easily be defined by a mathematical or logic equation will be at risk," Pugliano said. "Opportunity will be [there] for those that can create new produces/services or solve/fix unexpected problems." 

So your accountant may not have a job in the future, but plastic surgeons and emergency room doctors should do well. And plumbers, Pugliano said, will always have work.

Pugliano and other experts contacted by Work + Money offered professions to avoid (not because they will completely disappear, but because the job market will likely be in a state of decline) while also providing alternatives where skills utilized in those dying professions can be applied for a more secure employment future.

Available median pay figures come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), unless otherwise noted.

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