The excitement of innovation tends to overshadow the plight of its victims, but for people whose jobs are becoming obsolete, technological advances can be a little terrifying. 

Many jobs that existed centuries or just decades ago seem like quaint pieces of history, but inventions like automated machinery, modern refrigeration and mouse traps also represent the ends of occupations like switchboard operators, ice cutters and rat catchers. 

As technology and consumer preferences evolve, thousands of people will see their industries and possibly disappear. Some of these jobs may go quicker than others, and some may never go extinct, but according to CareerCast's 2014 Jobs Rated report (based on projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), these careers are going the way of the lamplighter: 

10. Tax examiner and collector

Median annual salary: $50,440 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -4% 

9. Printing worker

Median annual salary: $34,100 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -5%

8. Drill-press operator

Median annual salary: $32,950 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -6% 

7. Flight attendant

Median annual salary: $37,240 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -7% 

6. Lumberjack

Median annual salary: $24,340

Hiring outlook by 2022: -9%

5. Travel agent

Median annual salary: $34,600 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -12%

 4. Newspaper reporter

Median annual salary: $37,090 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -13% 

3. Meter reader

Median annual salary: $36,410 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -19% 

2. Farmer

Median annual salary: $69,300 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -19% 

1. Mail carrier

Median annual salary: $53,100 

Hiring outlook by 2022: -28%

 

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