In Pictures: Careers that are being automated into oblivion

You might think you're familiar with the steady march of automation. But the list of jobs that are being disrupted by technological change may surprise you.

Will there be anyone left to pay? The march of automation over the course of the Great Recession has moved beyond the obvious and is now affecting white-collar middle class workers who never thought they could be replaced. For instance, any business that has employees needs payroll administrators. But thanks to the availability of off-site and automated payroll companies -- the so-called "human cloud" -- they no longer need their own payroll administrators. Proponents extol the time-saving and efficiency virtues of automated payroll systems, but that efficiency means significantly fewer payroll professionals are necessary to support industry -- which means fewer payroll jobs to be had.

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