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, 2016(1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$37,040

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.7

0.5

-1.2

-69.9

$58,230

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

11.5

5.8

-5.8

-50.0

$32,220

Telephone operators

43-2021

13.1

7.5

-5.5

-42.4

$37,000

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

117.6

78.0

-39.7

-33.7

$56,220

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

112.4

75.4

-37.0

-32.9

$28,030

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

28.8

19.4

-9.5

-32.9

$26,470

Shoe machine operators and tenders

51-6042

3.5

2.5

-1.1

-30.5

$26,150

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

4.0

2.8

-1.2

-30.0

$29,810

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.0

8.7

-3.3

-27.7

$34,790

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

112.2

-41.7

-27.1

$23,670

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

9.8

7.2

-2.6

-26.6

$36,180

Postal service clerks

43-5051

69.6

51.3

-18.3

-26.2

$56,790

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

17.3

12.8

-4.6

-26.2

$71,670

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

297.4

219.4

-78.1

-26.2

$58,110

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

27.9

20.6

-7.3

-26.2

$27,470

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6092

5.4

4.0

-1.4

-26.0

$39,650

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6062

14.3

10.6

-3.7

-25.7

$26,090

Watch repairers

49-9064

2.7

2.0

-0.7

-25.7

$36,740

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

51-4072

129.5

97.2

-32.3

-25.0

$30,480

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

36.5

27.5

-9.0

-24.6

$38,930

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

51-4021

73.4

55.5

-17.9

-24.4

$33,870

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.7

8.9

-2.8

-23.9

$27,270

Patternmakers, metal and plastic

51-4062

3.8

2.9

-0.9

-23.4

$44,210

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

51-4033

71.4

55.8

-15.7

-21.9

$32,890

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

51-6064

26.0

20.3

-5.6

-21.7

$27,500

Model makers, metal and plastic

51-4061

6.2

4.9

-1.3

-21.5

$48,550

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

51-4022

21.6

17.0

-4.6

-21.5

$36,930

Desktop publishers

43-9031

14.8

11.7

-3.1

-21.0

$41,090

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

9.4

7.4

-2.0

-20.8

$37,950

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

51-4035

22.4

17.8

-4.6

-20.6

$39,840

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: April 14, 2017