Occupations with the largest job declines

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Table 1.6 Occupations with the largest job declines, 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

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

43-6014

2,536.2

2,371.4

-164.8

-6.5

$34,820

Team assemblers

51-2092

1,130.9

987.9

-143.0

-12.6

$30,060

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

685.3

566.2

-119.1

-17.4

$55,860

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

51-9061

520.7

465.2

-55.5

-10.7

$36,780

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

218.9

173.6

-45.3

-20.7

$31,310

Data entry keyers

43-9021

203.8

160.8

-43.1

-21.1

$30,100

Tellers

43-3071

502.7

460.9

-41.7

-8.3

$27,260

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

316.7

278.5

-38.2

-12.1

$58,110

Legal secretaries

43-6012

194.7

157.5

-37.1

-19.1

$44,180

Correctional officers and jailers

33-3012

450.0

415.5

-34.5

-7.7

$42,820

Assemblers and fabricators, all other

51-2099

232.4

200.3

-32.2

-13.8

$28,550

Office clerks, general

43-9061

3,117.7

3,085.7

-32.1

-1.0

$30,580

Cashiers

41-2011

3,555.5

3,526.0

-29.5

-0.8

$20,180

Cooks, fast food

35-2011

517.6

490.5

-27.1

-5.2

$19,860

Word processors and typists

43-9022

74.9

49.9

-25.0

-33.4

$38,740

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,730.5

1,706.9

-23.5

-1.4

$38,390

Computer programmers

15-1131

294.9

272.3

-22.6

-7.6

$79,840

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

132.0

-21.9

-14.2

$23,670

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

51-4072

145.4

123.6

-21.8

-15.0

$30,480

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

93.2

74.7

-18.5

-19.9

$28,030

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

49-2022

237.6

219.6

-17.9

-7.6

$53,640

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

106.7

89.1

-17.5

-16.5

$56,220

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

13-1023

309.4

292.1

-17.3

-5.6

$63,300

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4031

192.7

175.9

-16.8

-8.7

$32,370

Printing press operators

51-5112

178.7

162.0

-16.8

-9.4

$35,530

File clerks

43-4071

135.0

121.1

-13.9

-10.3

$29,090

Photographers

27-4021

147.3

134.9

-12.4

-8.4

$34,070

Computer operators

43-9011

51.5

39.7

-11.8

-22.9

$42,270

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

51-2041

77.0

65.2

-11.8

-15.3

$37,730

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

51-4021

72.3

61.3

-11.0

-15.2

$33,870

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