Why did I investigate locomotive firer job description? I recently read a couple of articles about jobs most at risk of being replaced by automation. Locomotive firer was at the top... in both articles. Conclusion: if you are a locomotive firer and still have a job, might want to update the old resume'.
For those who are not locomotive firers, here's a chart of percent risk of automation replacement by job type.
Where do you land?
Some other jobs that were tops on the list of the chopping block include telephone operators (those are still around?) and fast food workers.
Occupational therapists were tops as far as job growth. I'm guessing that's owed to "unpredictability" and "applying expertise". Along those lines, I didn't see any stats for strippers or prostitutes, but they're probably safe too...
Bottom line: be special.
In other news, here's what my outside looks like today
... and it's corollary, the inside
I can do the job of a locomotive firer, but a Roomba can't do what I do.