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, 2017(1)

2016

2026

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

156,063.8

167,582.3

11,518.6

7.4

$37,690

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

43-6014

2,536.2

2,371.3

-164.9

-6.5

$35,590

Team assemblers

51-2092

1,130.9

985.9

-145.0

-12.8

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

685.3

566.2

-119.2

-17.4

$57,410

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

51-9061

520.7

465.2

-55.5

-10.7

$37,340

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

218.9

173.3

-45.6

-20.8

Data entry keyers

43-9021

203.8

160.6

-43.3

-21.2

$30,930

Tellers

43-3071

502.7

460.9

-41.8

-8.3

$28,110

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

316.7

278.5

-38.2

-12.1

$57,000

Legal secretaries

43-6012

194.7

157.5

-37.1

-19.1

$44,730

Correctional officers and jailers

33-3012

450.0

415.5

-34.5

-7.7

$43,540

Assemblers and fabricators, all other

51-2099

232.4

199.8

-32.6

-14.0

Office clerks, general

43-9061

3,117.7

3,086.0

-31.8

-1.0

$31,500

Cashiers

41-2011

3,555.5

3,524.9

-30.6

-0.9

$21,030

Cooks, fast food

35-2011

517.6

490.5

-27.1

-5.2

$21,040

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

128.2

-25.7

-16.7

$24,320

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,730.5

1,705.3

-25.2

-1.5

$39,240

Word processors and typists

43-9022

74.9

50.1

-24.8

-33.1

$39,740

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

51-4072

145.4

123.6

-21.8

-15.0

$31,090

Computer programmers

15-1131

294.9

273.6

-21.3

-7.2

$82,240

Printing press operators

51-5112

178.7

160.2

-18.6

-10.4

$35,760

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

93.2

74.7

-18.5

-19.9

$28,700

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

49-2022

237.6

219.4

-18.2

-7.6

$53,380

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

106.7

89.1

-17.5

-16.5

$57,260

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

13-1023

309.4

292.1

-17.4

-5.6

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

51-4031

192.7

175.9

-16.8

-8.7

$33,060

File clerks

43-4071

135.0

121.0

-14.0

-10.4

$30,120

Chief executives

11-1011

308.9

296.8

-12.1

-3.9

$183,270

Computer operators

43-9011

51.5

39.7

-11.8

-22.8

$44,270

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

51-2041

77.0

65.2

-11.8

-15.3

$38,450

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

51-4021

72.3

61.3

-11.0

-15.2

$34,600

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.
Note: Data is unavailalbe for values denoted with a "—".
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: April 11, 2018