30 Jobs That Are Vanishing In America

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Photo: Bureau of labour Statistics

We’ve received a lot of job news lately. Friday’s job report massively beat expectations, and on that note, we gave you the 30 fastest-growing jobs in America. The Bureau of labour Statistics published it’s employment projections for 2010 to 2020, which also includes a list of the 30 fastest declining occupations through 2020.

Most of the jobs require a high school diploma or less, and only three out of the 30 require prior work experience. Most of these positions have become obsolete due to fast-changing technology or high competition. 

We ranked the jobs based on the projected number of positions that will be cut from 2010 to 2020. We also included the percentage decline during the same period as well as the typical education needed to get the job.  

#30: Chemical equipment operators and tenders

3,500 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 7.7 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#29: Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators and tenders

3,600 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 12.4 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#28: Semiconductor processors

3,800 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 17.9 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Associate degree in highly automated systems, electromechanical automation, or electronics.

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#27: Reporters and correspondents

3,900 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 7.5 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#26: Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

4,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 18.2 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#25: Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

4,500 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 7.7 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#24: Chemical plant and system operators

5,300 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 12.2 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#23: Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

5,500 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 6.1 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics


#22: Loan interviewers and clerks

5,700 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 3.1 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#21: Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

6,200 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 14 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education NeededHigh school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#20: Floral designers

6,200 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 9.3 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#19: Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

6,800 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 11.8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school diploma

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#18: Office machine operators, except computer

6,800 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 9.7 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#17: Postmasters and mail superintendents

6,800 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 27.8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#16: Computer operators

7,400 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 8.6 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#15: Prepress technicians and workers

8,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 15.9 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Postsecondary non-degree award

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#14: File clerks

8,800 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 4.8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#13: Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

10,400 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 5.7 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#12: Food service managers

10,600 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 3.3 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#11: Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

11,500 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 7.5 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#10: Word processors and typists

13,200 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 11.5 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#9: Data entry keyers

15,900 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 6.8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#8: Miscellaneous agricultural workers

19,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 2.6 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school diploma

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#7: Cooks, fast food

19,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 3.6 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school diploma

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#6: Postal service clerks

31,600 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 48.2 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#5: Switchboard operators, including answering service

33,200 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 23.3 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent and some training

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#4: Postal Service mail carriers

38,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 12 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#3: Sewing machine operators

42,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 25.8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school diploma

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#2: Postal Service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

68,900 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 48.5 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

#1: Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

96,100 jobs destroyed between 2010 and 2020.

A 8 per cent projected decline.

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

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