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Employment Projections

Occupations with the largest job declines

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Table 1.6 Occupations with the largest job declines, 2020 and projected 2030
(Numbers in thousands)

2020 National Employment Matrix title

2020 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2020

Employment, 2030

Employment

change, 

2020–30

Percent

employment

change, 

2020–30

Median annual wage, 2020(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

153,533.8

165,413.7

11,879.9

7.7

$41,950

Cashiers

41-2011

3,379.1

3,042.7

-336.4

-10.0

$25,020

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

43-6014

2,053.5

1,896.7

-156.9

-7.6

$38,850

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

538.8

438.2

-100.6

-18.7

$63,110

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

41-1011

1,390.6

1,300.4

-90.2

-6.5

$41,580

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

51-2090

1,262.8

1,178.2

-84.6

-6.7

$33,550

Tellers

43-3071

432.5

359.4

-73.1

-16.9

$32,620

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

51-9061

557.9

489.8

-68.1

-12.2

$40,460

Office clerks, general

43-9061

2,933.9

2,873.6

-60.4

-2.1

$35,330

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,620.0

1,571.9

-48.1

-3.0

$42,410

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

43-5071

734.9

694.3

-40.6

-5.5

$35,260

Retail salespersons

41-2031

3,835.0

3,795.7

-39.3

-1.0

$27,080

Data entry keyers

43-9021

158.4

122.8

-35.6

-22.5

$34,440

Customer service representatives

43-4051

2,923.4

2,888.8

-34.5

-1.2

$35,830

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

43-6012

160.4

126.7

-33.6

-21.0

$48,980

Correctional officers and jailers

33-3012

418.5

388.5

-30.0

-7.2

$47,410

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

317.7

293.1

-24.7

-7.8

$51,080

Order clerks

43-4151

133.9

109.5

-24.4

-18.2

$35,590

Buyers and purchasing agents

13-1020

439.0

415.4

-23.6

-5.4

$66,690

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

43-1011

1,487.3

1,464.4

-22.9

-1.5

$58,450

Telemarketers

41-9041

119.7

97.8

-21.9

-18.3

$27,920

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

45-2093

256.9

235.5

-21.3

-8.3

$29,130

Bill and account collectors

43-3011

223.1

202.6

-20.5

-9.2

$38,100

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

41-1012

376.4

357.6

-18.8

-5.0

$78,560

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

133.5

114.8

-18.6

-14.0

$28,230

Computer programmers

15-1251

185.7

167.3

-18.3

-9.9

$89,190

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

43-3051

137.3

119.7

-17.7

-12.9

$47,020

Chief executives

11-1011

292.5

275.7

-16.8

-5.7

$185,950

Word processors and typists

43-9022

45.2

28.9

-16.3

-36.0

$41,050

Printing press operators

51-5112

160.9

144.9

-15.9

-9.9

$37,880

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

59.9

46.3

-13.6

-22.7

$31,430

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage 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: September 8, 2021