The job landscape is rapidly changing. The advent of new technologies have rendered some jobs obsolete, while shifting trends made other industries completely unnecessary. It’s now more important than ever to have an eye on the near future prospects of any career one finds intriguing.
Certain industries are in a severe state of decline and could dry up completely in a matter of years. These include once-popular career choices such as banking, print journalism, and the automotive production industry.
One career choice that will probably remain a safe bet for years to come is delivery work. Whether you’re talking about a courier or other delivery service that transports packages with your own vehicle, or larger deliveries involving trucks from a company fleet.
Drone are years away, and face stiff regulation
The delivery service sector received a scare last month when Amazon announced plans to begin handing the delivery of their parcels over to unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones.” Many quickly lamented the imminent death of yet another industry as a result.
However, there are several hurdles standing between now and the day a drone will drop a package off on your front doorstep — if indeed that day ever comes. The biggest concern is the fact that states still need to regulate drones for commercial use, and that process has yet to begin.
Even should drones one day deliver packages to households, it’s possible they will never be able to deliver a majority of domestic freight due to size or weight restrictions, delivery location (apartments or office building deliveries would prove problematic), or other issues.
And only the largest companies would be able to invest in such technology or find it feasible for their business. Naturally, delivery services that require larger-scale deliveries would be unaffected by any approaching drone swarm.
So go ahead, get behind the wheel
Such being the case, job hunters should not shy away from heading into the delivery sector in the coming years. Indeed, it should remain one of the more secure career paths for quite some time, and avoid much of the volatility that has been rattling other sectors.
Anyone interested in making a career out of delivery work should certainly consider professional training, which will not only increase your chances of landing a great gig, but also your earning potential. There are various licenses and training programs to consider, involving short- or long-haul work, and anyone should be able to find a job that suits his or her needs and lifestyle.