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Taxi drivers, cashiers and educators to be extinct in 2027

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A SURVEY of more than 1,200 British members of the public has found that more than a third (36%) believe taxi drivers will be extinct within the next decade. Educators, journalists and tube drivers also made the top five jobs that the public believe risk being obsolete over the next ten years.

According to the survey, the top five jobs most likely to be obsolete by 2027 are:
Taxi drivers – 36%
Educators – 18%
Cashiers – 11.1%
Tube drivers – 10.4%
Journalists – 9.2%

When asked why they think these jobs will become extinct, nearly three quarters (72%) answered the rapid progression in technology while 26% stated the growing convenience of online services. The World Economic Forum has said five million jobs will be gone by 2020 thanks to artificial intelligence alternatives.

The introduction of self-driving cars was also the most popular justification for why taxi drivers would become a redundant job, with almost three quarters (73%) of respondents stating that autonomous driving technology will make the sector extinct.

Self-service checkouts were seen as the leading cause of cashiers becoming an extinct by two thirds (65%) of people. Many mentioned the recent opening of Amazon’s cashless store as the main reason behind their choice.

Speaking on the survey, Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of said, “The evolution of the jobs market is fascinating and it’s particularly interesting seeing how members of the public see the future. Technology is going to continue to play a leading role in pushing change forward, and just like the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, we’re likely to see jobs change rapidly in order to keep up."

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