According to the Associated Press, the paralegal profession ranks in the top 7 middle class jobs vanishing due to technology advances. The other six are: utility meter reader, travel agent, office manager, human resources manager, accountant, and retail sales associate. All of these jobs have “routine and repetitious” duties that can be computer automated.
The paralegal profession may have seemed recession proof; after all, the document deluge is never ending. Now, however, documents are computer searchable, either because they are Electronically Stored Information (ESI) to begin with, or because they have been scanned and OCRed. This search capability eliminates the need for paralegals to prep paper documents for review. Although keyword selection was once part of the paralegal’s responsibilities, increasingly, keywords are either generated by computer software or selected by review associates.
The good news: the litigation support industry needs and wants professionals who understand both the legal and technical aspects of eDiscovery. The eDiscovery market is expected to grow by 13.3% and reach USD 7.2 billion dollars by 2017. The same technology that will eventually eliminate your current job may just provide you with a new and lucrative opportunity.
Don’t let your career go the way of the dodo. Consider an exciting future in litigation support. If you are a litigation paralegal with eDiscovery experience and excellent people skills, send WarRoom Document Solutions your resume today.