• Discounts and special offers
  • Subscriber-only articles and interviews
  • Breaking news and trending topics

Already a subscriber?

By signing up, you accept Moneywise's Terms of Use, Subscription Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Not interested ?

So don't panic. However, If you work in one of these jobs, you might want to dust off your resume or brush up your skills.


HDR image, Walmart customers check out line, cashier counter - Saugus, Massachusetts USA - February 5, 2018
QualityHD / Shutterstock
Cashiers' days may be numbered at Walmart and other stores.

Nearly every Target and Walmart store has self-checkout machines. So do many supermarkets. And while some members of the older generation refuse to use them, it’s only a matter of time before people realize the process is faster and easier than traditional checkout lines.

Amazon has taken automation a step further by introducing an entirely cashier-less store in Seattle called Amazon Go.

After downloading the Amazon Go app on their smartphones, customers can simply pick up the items they want — and walk out of the the store. Cameras and sensors track the items, and customers are charged to their preferred payment method.

It seems likely that Amazon may eventually integrate the technology into its Whole Foods grocery stores.

Discover the power of FreeCash – your ticket to easy money

Dive into a world of rewards at FreeCash where earning cash is as simple as a click. No gimmicks, just real cash for your time. Join the community of earners today and watch your wallet grow effortlessly.

Make Money Now


Young handsome male customer support phone operator with headset working in call center.
Bojan Milinkov / Shutterstock
Robots can do the work of telemarketers.

If Amazon Echo’s Alexa can understand our obscure music choices, what’s to stop artificial intelligence from understanding an order over the phone, or pursuing you over an unpaid bill?

Robo-calls have already taken over spam calling, and robotic switchboard operators now understand what you say with impressive accuracy and are (usually) able to direct you to the right person.

Robo marketers are faster and more proficient at calling about unpaid debts or dealing with simple customer calls, so you've probably noticed that many companies are beginning to make that switch.


Delivery driver driving van with parcels on seat outside warehouse
wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock
Driverless vehicles could wipe out 25,000 driving jobs per month.

People who make their living as a chauffeur, bus driver, cabbie or Uber drive may soon be a thing of the past.

Automakers are making rapid advancements as they work to deliver self-driving technology for cars and trucks.

Once self-driving vehicles become commonplace, Americans will lose 25,000 jobs per month to them, according to a report from Goldman Sachs Economics Research.

Find a financial adviser in minutes

Are you confident in your retirement savings? Get advice on your investment portfolio from a certified professional through WiserAdvisor. It only takes 5 minutes to connect with an adviser who puts you first.

Get Started

Bank tellers

Teller window with working cashier
Africa Studio / Shutterstock
Oxford University researchers say there's a 99% chance bank tellers won't be around much longer.

When was the last time you went into a bank branch? We thought so.

A recent American Banking Association survey found fewer than 1 in 5 Americans prefer in-person banking, and The Wall Street Journal reports that 1,700 branches were shut down in the 12 months that ended in June 2017.

With online and mobile banking taking over, the Oxford study says there's a 99% chance bank tellers won’t exist in the future.

Restaurant servers

Waiter carrying a plate with salad dish on a wedding
Romrodphoto / Shutterstock
Restaurants are exploring how to automate the work done by their servers.

If you have eaten at an Applebee's or Uno Pizzeria lately, you may know about the iPads on every table. They're not there for playing Angry Birds.

Instead, at the end of your meal you can choose to swipe your credit card yourself, without ever involving a server. That can make things a lot less complicated when the check is split onto multiple cards.

It could be just as easy to click your order on an iPad and wait for the food to arrive, which is what many restaurants are planning. In China and Japan, iPads and robots have already replaced servers.

For customers, that means there's less chance your order will be misunderstood — and no need to tip anyone for the service.

Tax preparers

An male accountant at telephone  preparing income taxes
Stokkete / Shutterstock
Software could replace CPAs, even for clients with the most complicated taxes.

Major corporations might always need help from accountants, but as time goes on individuals may never have to go to a tax professional again.

Tax software such as TurboTax make it very easy to do your taxes yourself at home, even if you have a fairly complicated return. The software links directly with accounting software you might use, such as Intuit QuickBooks.

H&R Block is taking automation an additional step by harnessing IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology to help its tax professionals.

Fast-food cooks

Cook making burgers outdoor on street food festival event
miroha141 / Shutterstock
Fast-food burger flippers are an endangered species.

Flipping burgers at a fast-food chain has been a standard part-time job for high schoolers for decades. Wendy’s even tried to make it cool in the 1990s with a 15-minute instructional rap video called “Grill Skills.”

But future teens may be able to escape being stained by oil and smelling like grease.

Miso Robotics has created a bot named “Flippy” that flips burgers and can be installed on existing grills in just a few minutes.


Follow These Steps Once Your Portfolio Reaches $100K

If you've amassed a $100k+ portfolio, it's time to meet with a trusted advisor.Zoe Financial's elite network of fiduciary advisors offers personalized strategies to enhance your financial success. Experience exclusive investment opportunities and bespoke wealth management services. Trust Zoe Financial for unparalleled expertise and a commitment to your prosperity.

Shannon Quinn Freelance Contributor

Shannon Quinn was formerly a freelance contributor to Moneywise. Quinn is an entrepreneur and writer from the Philadelphia area.


The content provided on Moneywise is information to help users become financially literate. It is neither tax nor legal advice, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional. We make no representation or warranty of any kind, either express or implied, with respect to the data provided, the timeliness thereof, the results to be obtained by the use thereof or any other matter.