It’s no secret that many of the well-paid middle-class jobs enjoyed by ‘Baby Boomers’ don’t exist today. Robotics and computers have replaced them with automation. Automation is becoming a major source of lost jobs in the US economy. Experts only expect the issue to grow. MIT researchers wrote about the trend, “From 1990 to 2007, the study shows, adding one additional robot per 1,000 workers reduced the national employment-to-population ratio by about 0.2 percent, with some areas of the US affected far more than others” (MIT, 2020.)
Researchers also have found that wages tend to be lower when industries add automation. Keep reading with those sobering statistics about unemployment and wage depression in mind. Learn about twenty common Baby Boomer-era middle-class jobs that are days of the past. These jobs are either already entirely replaced by automation or are quickly becoming less necessary for human workers to perform. Do you also want to learn more ways the shift in jobs is affecting people? Check out these reasons why people are leaving big cities.
20. Paralegal Jobs
Paralegals do leg work in legal offices, combing through thousands of papers. They look for details that can make or break legal cases in the hands of lawyers. Paralegals often spend their entire days sifting and reading through documents. They also do a lot of research in legal texts looking for specific codes. Paralegals hope these codes might be helpful and analyze past cases that concerned similar topics or legal factors. There are hundreds of thousands of paralegals in the US. It typically only takes an associate or bachelor’s degree to become one.
Unfortunately for paralegals, it is becoming rapidly apparent that artificial intelligence (AI) can do much of the same work. It can also do it much faster for an overall lower cost. As one article on AI job outlooks warns, “Rather than pay someone thousands of dollars to sift through old files for months on end, AI can analyze it in seconds – providing you with the information you need to compile your case” (Job_Tradition, 2021.) It will be tough for human paralegals to continue to compete against advanced AI. These robots can do complex searches through thousands of documents in minutes. Furthermore, they can also intelligently synthesize it into usable results.