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Employment Projections

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

2019 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2019

Employment, 2029

Employment change, numeric, 2019–29

Employment change, percent, 2019–29

Median annual wage, 2020(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

162,795.6

168,834.7

6,039.2

3.7

$41,950

Word processors and typists

43-9022

52.7

33.5

-19.2

-36.4

$41,050

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

8.1

5.2

-2.9

-36.2

$42,070

Nuclear power reactor operators

51-8011

5.3

3.4

-1.9

-35.7

$104,040

Watch and clock repairers

49-9064

3.2

2.1

-1.0

-32.3

$45,290

Cutters and trimmers, hand

51-9031

9.8

6.9

-2.9

-29.9

$31,630

Telephone operators

43-2021

5.0

3.6

-1.4

-27.9

$37,710

Travel agents

41-3041

82.0

60.8

-21.3

-25.9

$42,350

Data entry keyers

43-9021

172.4

130.0

-42.4

-24.6

$34,440

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

10.4

8.0

-2.4

-23.2

$39,570

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

69.9

54.1

-15.7

-22.5

$31,430

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

2.9

2.2

-0.6

-22.3

$35,120

Timing device assemblers and adjusters

51-2061

1.3

1.0

-0.3

-22.3

$36,170

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

43-6012

171.8

133.8

-38.0

-22.1

$48,980

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

13.4

10.5

-2.9

-21.9

$78,060

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

51-4022

16.4

13.0

-3.5

-21.1

$41,430

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

30.2

24.0

-6.3

-20.7

$41,410

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

593.4

472.4

-121.1

-20.4

$63,110

Floral designers

27-1023

51.8

41.4

-10.4

-20.1

$29,140

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

41-9091

72.9

58.3

-14.6

-20.0

$29,730

Grinding and polishing workers, hand

51-9022

29.0

23.4

-5.6

-19.5

$31,750

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

12.3

9.9

-2.4

-19.4

$34,720

Refractory materials repairers, except brickmasons

49-9045

0.8

0.7

-0.2

-19.3

$54,610

Desktop publishers

43-9031

10.4

8.4

-2.0

-19.0

$47,560

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

51-4032

11.2

9.1

-2.1

-19.0

$39,780

Nuclear technicians

19-4051

6.7

5.4

-1.3

-18.9

$84,190

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

51-6021

38.3

31.1

-7.2

-18.9

$25,580

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers

51-2021

13.0

10.5

-2.4

-18.7

$37,970

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

51-4035

19.2

15.6

-3.6

-18.6

$43,150

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

98.5

80.9

-17.6

-17.8

$53,140

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

51-2011

43.9

36.3

-7.6

-17.4

$53,160

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

 

Last Modified Date: April 9, 2021