As Technology Evolves, Jobs Disappear

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, January 22 2013 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Tue, January 22 2013 at 6:23 PM

If you've ever used an ATM, automated phone service or purchased an American car you might have some connection to technology. As software permeates our lives, middle-class jobs seem to be disappearing for good.Whole categories from secretaries to travel agents are disappearing and by 2020 'Meter Readers' are said to be a thing of the past.

"There's no sector of the economy that's going to get a pass," says Martin Ford, who runs a software company and wrote "The Lights in the Tunnel," a book predicting widespread job losses. "It's everywhere."

"The numbers startle even labor economists. In the United States, half of the 7.5 million jobs lost during the Great Recession paid middle-class wages, ranging from $38,000 to $68,000. But only 2 percent of the 3.5 million jobs gained since the recession ended in June 2009 are midpay. Nearly 70 percent are low-paying jobs; 29 percent pay well." (Source: Oregon Live)

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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