Fastest declining occupations

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Table 1.5: Fastest declining occupations, 2014 and projected 2024
(Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2014 (1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$35,540

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.7

0.5

-1.2

-69.9

$46,740

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

11.5

5.8

-5.8

-50.0

$31,020

Telephone operators

43-2021

13.1

7.5

-5.5

-42.4

$35,140

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

117.6

78.0

-39.7

-33.7

$54,520

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

112.4

75.4

-37.0

-32.9

$26,550

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

28.8

19.4

-9.5

-32.9

$24,600

Shoe machine operators and tenders

51-6042

3.5

2.5

-1.1

-30.5

$24,750

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

4.0

2.8

-1.2

-30.0

$29,600

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.0

8.7

-3.3

-27.7

$31,340

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

112.2

-41.7

-27.1

$21,920

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

9.8

7.2

-2.6

-26.6

$32,410

Postal service clerks

43-5051

69.6

51.3

-18.3

-26.2

$55,590

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

297.4

219.4

-78.1

-26.2

$57,200

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

17.3

12.8

-4.6

-26.2

$65,800

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

27.9

20.6

-7.3

-26.2

$27,270

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6092

5.4

4.0

-1.4

-26.0

$41,310

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6062

14.3

10.6

-3.7

-25.7

$25,590

Watch repairers

49-9064

2.7

2.0

-0.7

-25.7

$35,450

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4072

129.5

97.2

-32.3

-25.0

$28,810

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

36.5

27.5

-9.0

-24.6

$37,200

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4021

73.4

55.5

-17.9

-24.4

$32,610

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.7

8.9

-2.8

-23.9

$24,930

Patternmakers, metal and plastic

51-4062

3.8

2.9

-0.9

-23.4

$41,390

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4033

71.4

55.8

-15.7

-21.9

$32,660

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

51-6064

26.0

20.3

-5.6

-21.7

$26,250

Model makers, metal and plastic

51-4061

6.2

4.9

-1.3

-21.5

$46,180

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4022

21.6

17.0

-4.6

-21.5

$33,710

Desktop publishers

43-9031

14.8

11.7

-3.1

-21.0

$38,200

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

9.4

7.4

-2.0

-20.8

$36,570

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4035

22.4

17.8

-4.6

-20.6

$37,100

Footnotes:
  1 Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: December 15, 2015