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Fastest declining occupations

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Table 1.5 Fastest declining occupations, 2019 and projected 2029
(Numbers in thousands)

2019 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2019–29

Median annual wage, 2019(1)

2019

2029

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

162,795.6

168,834.7

6,039.2

3.7

$39,810

Word processors and typists

43-9022

52.7

33.5

-19.2

-36.4

$40,340

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

8.1

5.2

-2.9

-36.2

$40,920

Nuclear power reactor operators

51-8011

5.3

3.4

-1.9

-35.7

$100,530

Watch and clock repairers

49-9064

3.2

2.1

-1.0

-32.3

$42,520

Cutters and trimmers, hand

51-9031

9.8

6.9

-2.9

-29.9

$30,200

Telephone operators

43-2021

5.0

3.6

-1.4

-27.9

$35,750

Travel agents

41-3041

82.0

60.8

-21.3

-25.9

$40,660

Data entry keyers

43-9021

172.4

130.0

-42.4

-24.6

$33,490

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

10.4

8.0

-2.4

-23.2

$37,380

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

69.9

54.1

-15.7

-22.5

$30,610

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

2.9

2.2

-0.6

-22.3

$33,890

Timing device assemblers and adjusters

51-2061

1.3

1.0

-0.3

-22.3

$35,080

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

43-6012

171.8

133.8

-38.0

-22.1

$47,300

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

13.4

10.5

-2.9

-21.9

$76,900

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

51-4022

16.4

13.0

-3.5

-21.1

$39,670

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

30.2

24.0

-6.3

-20.7

$40,510

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

593.4

472.4

-121.1

-20.4

$60,890

Floral designers

27-1023

51.8

41.4

-10.4

-20.1

$28,040

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

41-9091

72.9

58.3

-14.6

-20.0

$27,420

Grinding and polishing workers, hand

51-9022

29.0

23.4

-5.6

-19.5

$30,600

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

12.3

9.9

-2.4

-19.4

$32,280

Refractory materials repairers, except brickmasons

49-9045

0.8

0.7

-0.2

-19.3

$53,990

Desktop publishers

43-9031

10.4

8.4

-2.0

-19.0

$45,390

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

51-4032

11.2

9.1

-2.1

-19.0

$38,910

Nuclear technicians

19-4051

6.7

5.4

-1.3

-18.9

$82,080

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

51-6021

38.3

31.1

-7.2

-18.9

$24,190

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers

51-2021

13.0

10.5

-2.4

-18.7

$36,520

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

51-4035

19.2

15.6

-3.6

-18.6

$43,210

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

98.5

80.9

-17.6

-17.8

$60,140

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

51-2011

43.9

36.3

-7.6

-17.4

$54,210

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

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Last Modified Date: September 1, 2020