30 American Jobs Headed For The Trash Pile

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Tree-fellers, shoemakers, and postal clerks, beware. More than 30% of these jobs may disappear over the next 10 years.

A new release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on which American occupations will shrink the most in the coming decade. The 30 fastest-declining jobs are ranked by projected percent decrease between 2012 and 2022, and are expected to lose between 15% and 43% of their workers.

Some industries are taking a bigger blow than others. Textile work, for example, is tanking. And many U.S. Postal Service workers may soon be hanging up their mail bags.

Want a career that will thrive over the next decade and beyond? Then stay away from these fields.

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30. Manufactured building and mobile home installers

30. Manufactured building and mobile home installers

800 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 15.1%

Workers earned a median salary of $28,080 in 2012.

29. Cutters and trimmers (using hand-held tools)

29. Cutters and trimmers (using hand-held tools)

2,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 15.3%

Workers earned a median salary of $24,530 in 2012.

28. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

28. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

14,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 15.3%

Workers earned a median salary of $21,470 in 2012.

27. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

27. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

19,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 15.4%

Workers earned a median salary of $28,630 in 2012.

26. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

26. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

11,900 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 15.9%

Workers earned a median salary of $32,330 in 2012.

25. Foundry mold and coremakers

25. Foundry mold and coremakers

2,000 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 16.2%

Workers earned a median salary of $30,540 in 2012.

24. Computer operators

24. Computer operators

12,700 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 17%

Workers earned a median salary of $38,390 in 2012.

23. Pourers and casters (metal)

23. Pourers and casters (metal)

2,000 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 18.7%

Workers earned a median salary of $34,060 in 2012.

22. Meter readers, utilities

22. Meter readers, utilities

7,700 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 19.2%

Workers earned a median salary of $35,940 in 2012.

21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

179,900 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 19.3%

Workers earned a median salary of $69,300 in 2012.

20. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

20. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

5,600 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 20.5%

Workers earned a median salary of $25,850 in 2012.

19. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

19. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic)

5,600 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 20.5%

Workers earned a median salary of $33,940 in 2012.

18. Animal breeders

18. Animal breeders

300 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 23.4%

Workers earned a median salary of $34,250 in 2012.

17. Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

17. Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

2,700 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 24.0%

Workers earned a median salary of $24,210 in 2012.

16. Postmasters and mail superintendents

16. Postmasters and mail superintendents

5,600 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 24.2%

Workers earned a median salary of $63,050 in 2012.

15. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

15. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

5,400 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 24.5%

Workers earned a median salary of $26,540 in 2012.

14. Data entry keyers

14. Data entry keyers

54,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 24.6%

Workers earned a median salary of $28,010 in 2012.

13. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

13. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

1,600 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 25%

Workers earned a median salary of $38,650 in 2012.

12. Word processors and typists

12. Word processors and typists

26,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 25.1%

Workers earned a median salary of $35,270 in 2012.

11. Sewing machine operators

11. Sewing machine operators

41,700 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 25.8%

Workers earned a median salary of $21,270 in 2012.

10. Motion picture projectionists

10. Motion picture projectionists

2,100 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 26.5%

Workers earned a median salary of $19,830 in 2012.

9. Postal Service mail carriers

9. Postal Service mail carriers

79,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 26.8%

Workers earned a median salary of $56,490 in 2012.

8. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

8. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

4,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 27.1%

Workers earned a median salary of $24,050 in 2012.

7. Semiconductor processors

7. Semiconductor processors

5,800 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 27.1%

Workers earned a median salary of $33,020 in 2012.

6. Postal Service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

6. Postal Service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

38,600 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 29.8%

Workers earned a median salary of $53,090 in 2012.

5. Log graders and scalers

5. Log graders and scalers

1,100 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 31.6%

Workers earned a median salary of $32,880 in 2012.

4. Postal Service clerks

4. Postal Service clerks

21,300 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 31.8%

Workers earned a median salary of $53,090 in 2012.

3. Shoe machine operators and tenders

3. Shoe machine operators and tenders

1,200 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 35.3%

Workers earned a median salary of $24,310 in 2012.

2. Locomotive firers

2. Locomotive firers

700 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 42%

Workers earned a median salary of $44,920 in 2012.

1. Tree fallers

1. Tree fallers

2,900 jobs lost between 2012 and 2022

A projected decline of 43.3%

Workers earned a median salary of $35,250 in 2012.

Now see which industries to avoid:

Now see which industries to avoid:

10 American Industries That Will Be Destroyed In The Next Decade >>

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