Fastest declining occupations

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Table 1.5 Fastest declining occupations, 2016 and projected 2026
(Numbers in thousands)

2016 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2016–26

Median annual wage, 2016(1)

2016

2026

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

156,063.8

167,582.3

11,518.6

7.4

$37,040

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.2

0.3

-0.9

-78.6

$58,230

Respiratory therapy technicians

29-2054

10.8

4.7

-6.1

-56.3

$49,780

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

9.4

6.1

-3.3

-35.3

$37,950

Word processors and typists

43-9022

74.9

49.9

-25.0

-33.4

$38,740

Watch repairers

49-9064

1.8

1.3

-0.5

-28.7

$36,740

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

12.1

9.0

-3.0

-25.2

$32,220

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.5

9.5

-3.0

-24.0

$34,790

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

8.4

6.5

-2.0

-23.4

$36,180

Computer operators

43-9011

51.5

39.7

-11.8

-22.9

$42,270

Telephone operators

43-2021

9.1

7.0

-2.0

-22.6

$37,000

Mine shuttle car operators

53-7111

1.5

1.2

-0.3

-21.9

$56,450

Electromechanical equipment assemblers

51-2023

45.7

36.0

-9.7

-21.3

$33,350

Data entry keyers

43-9021

203.8

160.8

-43.1

-21.1

$30,100

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

14.2

11.2

-3.0

-20.9

$71,670

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

218.9

173.6

-45.3

-20.7

$31,310

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers

51-2021

14.1

11.2

-2.9

-20.6

$33,940

Grinding and polishing workers, hand

51-9022

26.6

21.1

-5.4

-20.5

$28,720

Timing device assemblers and adjusters

51-2093

0.8

0.6

-0.2

-19.9

$37,040

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

93.2

74.7

-18.5

-19.9

$28,030

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4032

12.3

9.9

-2.4

-19.4

$36,410

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

51-4035

17.6

14.2

-3.4

-19.3

$39,840

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

51-4022

19.2

15.5

-3.7

-19.2

$36,930

Legal secretaries

43-6012

194.7

157.5

-37.1

-19.1

$44,180

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

34.6

28.0

-6.6

-19.0

$38,930

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

26.9

21.9

-4.9

-18.4

$26,470

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

22.2

18.1

-4.1

-18.3

$27,470

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

51-2011

41.8

34.5

-7.3

-17.4

$50,050

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

685.3

566.2

-119.1

-17.4

$55,860

Engine and other machine assemblers

51-2031

38.0

31.5

-6.5

-17.2

$41,210

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.3

9.4

-1.9

-17.0

$27,270

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wage data cover non-farm wage and salary workers and do not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, or household workers.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: October 24, 2017