10 jobs that are disappearing fast

Thanks in part to advances like email, Facebook, and Twitter, mail carriers will be all but obsolete in the not-so-distant future.

By 2022, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics projects a 28% decline in postal service jobs, totaling around 139,100 fewer positions.

Mail carriers aren’t the only ones whose jobs are disappearing. Technology and market shifts have affected a wide range of fields.

Based on the BLS’s occupational outlook data, here are 10 American jobs that are on their way out.

Printing worker

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According to the BLS, printing workers inspect random samples during print runs to identify problems and make adjustments.

Median annual pay: $US34,100

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 276,000

Projected decline by 2022: 5%

Why it's declining: Newspapers and magazines have seen substantial declines in print volume in recent years, as these media have increasingly moved to digital formats.

Desktop publisher

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According to the BLS, desktop publishers use computer software to design layouts for books, newspapers, and other published items.

Median annual pay: $US37,040

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 16,400

Projected decline by 2022: 5%

Why it's declining: Graphic designers, web designers, and copy editors are increasingly take on desktop publishing tasks.

Power plant operator, distributor, or dispatcher

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According to the BLS, power plant operators monitor power-generating equipment such as nuclear reactors from control rooms.

Median annual pay: $US68,230

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 60,700

Projected decline by 2022: 8%

Why it's declining: Advances in technology and increased energy efficiency will contribute to decreases in employment for the occupation.

Floral designer

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According to the BLS, floral designers use their sense of artistry and knowledge of different types of flowers to choose the appropriate flowers for each occasion.

Median annual pay: $US23,810

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 62,400

Projected decline by 2022: 8%

Why it's declining: People continue to buy fewer elaborate floral decorations than before.

Logging worker

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According to the BLS, logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year.

Median annual pay: $US33,630

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 43,900

Projected decline by 2022: 9%

Why it's declining: US policies limit the logging industry's ability to cultivate raw forest material.

Travel agent

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According to the BLS, travel agents typically sell transportation, lodging, and admission to activities to those planning trips.

Median annual pay: $US34,600

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 73,300

Projected decline by 2022: 12%

Why it's declining: Travellers' ability to use the internet to research vacations and book their own trips is expected to continue to suppress demand for travel agents.

Reporters, correspondents, or broadcast news analysts

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According to the BLS, reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally.

Median annual pay: $US37,090

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 57,600

Projected decline by 2022: 13%

Why it's declining: Declining advertising revenue in radio, newspapers, and TV will negatively impact the employment growth for these occupations.

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