Degrees and Industries That Will be Obsolete in 10 Years

Some industries, like law, healthcare, engineering , and finances will always be around and require a fairly high level of education and training. But some industries, based on how the global situation is changing, will either call for fewer degrees in their fields, no degrees at all, or have jobs disappear entirely.


Social Media/Marketing/Journalism

Although a degree in the above fields will never quite become done away with completely, the way they are taught will. Social media is fast becoming a field where children know how to operate it, rendering the need to teach it at a post-secondary level unnecessary. And while marketing will always have a niche, it'll get absorbed into other fields as being more of a complement than its own requirement. Journalism is a bit trickier to define, because print media is definitely on its way out and is being replaced with social media and online journalism, two fields where the traditional tricks of the journalism trade just don't apply anymore. Media giants like the New York Times and Washington Post will still exist, but will resemble something closer to Buzzfeed and Twitter than the pounds-heavy papers of years past.


Postal Service

The postal industry is one facing one of the largest declines, rendering the need for a degree useful in this field obsolete. As the industry shrinks and becomes replaced by automation, the need for the few employees left will be the ones who'll work most cheaply—usually not someone with a college degree.

Data Entry/Word Processing/Typists

Secretaries are definitely on their way out, as are the educational requirements that go along with the jobs. Instead, what will be seen is each employee taking on more of that role themselves as they utilize technology to better suit individual needs.

Encyclopedia Authors

Writing will still be around, but there just won't be a demand for the highly technical, formal, authoritative writing required for encyclopedias. Wikipedia has single-handedly killed that possibility, but other encyclopedias like Britannica are realizing that people prefer to look for content online and will go to free sources first.


This field is tiny enough as it is, and will only get smaller as the decades approach. A degree in aeronautics can still be useful, but the chances of using it to go into space probably won't happen, as robots will do it. Robots are cheaper, more durable and more expendable than humans, making a degree to become an astronaut not very needed. Instead, the type of education required for will likely be in physics, math, computer science and engineering, as people will still be needed to build, program and repair the robots.