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The Top 10 Jobs That Are Disappearing in the U.S.

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The Top 10 Jobs That Are Disappearing in the U.S.

With the rise of robots and AI, as well as ongoing economic changes from globalization, jobs from data entry to manufacturing are under threat in the US.

These are the top 10 jobs that could be on their way out in the US, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections for the percent decline in the number of people in these occupations between 2016 and 2026, along with descriptions of the jobs from the Department of Labor’s O*NET careers database.

You can read the rest of this article on Business Insider, and review their entire list of the top 41 jobs that are projected to decline in the US.

 

1. Locomotive firers

They monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run.

Median annual pay, 2017: $60,360

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 1,200

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 300

Projected decline: 78.6%

 

2. Respiratory therapy technicians

They provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Median annual pay, 2017: $50,350

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 10,800

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 4,700

Projected decline: 56.3%

 

3. Parking enforcement workers

They patrol assigned areas to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.

Median annual pay, 2017: $39,030

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 9,400

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 6,100

Projected decline: 35.3%

 

4. Word processors and typists

They use computers, word processors, or typewriters to type letters, forms, reports, or other material.

Median annual pay, 2017: $39,740

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 74,900

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 50,100

Projected decline: 33.1%

 

5. Watch repairers

They repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

Median annual pay, 2017: $35,770

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 1,800

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 1,200

Projected decline: 29.7%

 

6. Electronic-equipment installers and repairers (motor vehicles)

They install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

Median annual pay, 2017: $34,530

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 12,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 9,000

Projected decline: 25.6%

 

7. Foundry mold and core makers

They make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.

Median annual pay, 2017: $35,140

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 12,500

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 9,500

Projected decline: 24.0%

 

8. Pourers and casters (metal)

They operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.

Median annual pay, 2017: $38,210

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 8,400

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 6,500

Projected decline: 23.4%

 

9. Computer operators

Computer operators monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment.

Median annual pay, 2017: $44,270

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 51,500

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 39,700

Projected decline: 22.8%

 

10. Telephone operators

They provide information to telephone customers by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories.

Median annual pay, 2017: $36,320

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 9,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 7,000

Projected decline: 22.6%