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11 high-paying jobs that are disappearing in the US

1. Chief executives

1. Chief executives

They determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body.

Projected decline: 3.5%

Median annual pay: $181,210

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 308,900

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 298,200

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2. Industrial production managers

2. Industrial production managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

Projected decline: 0.2%

Median annual pay: $97,140

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 170,600

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 170,300

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3. Nuclear power reactor operators

3. Nuclear power reactor operators

They operate or control nuclear reactors.

Projected decline: 10.2%

Median annual pay: $91,170

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 7,000

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 6,300

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4. Power distributors and dispatchers

4. Power distributors and dispatchers

They coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Projected decline: 2.5%

Median annual pay: $81,900

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 11,600

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 11,300

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5. Computer programmers

5. Computer programmers

They create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run.

Projected decline: 7.6%

Median annual pay: $79,840

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 294,900

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 272,300

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6. Postmasters and mail superintendents

6. Postmasters and mail superintendents

They plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in an assigned post office.

Projected decline: 20.9%

Median annual pay: $71,670

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 14,200

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 11,200

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7. Insurance underwriters

7. Insurance underwriters

They review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.

Projected decline: 5.2%

Median annual pay: $67,680

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 104,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 98,600

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8. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

8. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

They review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures.

Projected decline: 1.5%

Median annual pay: $63,680

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 311,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 306,600

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9. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

9. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

They purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.

Projected decline: 5.6%

Median annual pay: $63,300

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 309,400

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 292,100

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10. Labor relations specialists

10. Labor relations specialists

They resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

Projected decline: 7.8%

Median annual pay: $62,310

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 81,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 74,800

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11. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

11. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

They directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Projected decline: 7.8%

Median annual pay: $60,560

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 45,200

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 41,700

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