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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, 2021 and projected 2031
(Numbers in thousands)

2021 National Employment Matrix title

2021 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2021

Employment, 2031

Employment change, 2021–31

Percent employment change, 2021–31

Median annual wage, 2021(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

158,134.7

166,452.1

8,317.4

5.3

$45,760

Cashiers

41-2011

3,371.6

3,036.0

-335.7

-10.0

$27,260

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

43-6014

2,075.6

1,868.0

-207.6

-10.0

$37,880

Office clerks, general

43-9061

2,751.8

2,621.1

-130.8

-4.8

$37,030

Customer service representatives

43-4051

2,898.9

2,793.6

-105.3

-3.6

$36,920

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

508.0

405.4

-102.6

-20.2

$62,060

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

51-2090

1,367.1

1,270.7

-96.4

-7.1

$36,590

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

41-1011

1,505.7

1,427.5

-78.2

-5.2

$39,230

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,707.8

1,630.6

-77.2

-4.5

$45,560

Cooks, fast food

35-2011

792.3

723.2

-69.1

-8.7

$24,180

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

43-5071

814.3

757.2

-57.1

-7.0

$36,890

Tellers

43-3071

378.0

334.3

-43.7

-11.6

$36,310

Correctional officers and jailers

33-3012

402.2

360.6

-41.6

-10.3

$47,920

Data entry keyers

43-9021

155.9

117.4

-38.5

-24.7

$35,630

Buyers and purchasing agents

13-1020

459.8

427.5

-32.2

-7.0

$63,470

Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

43-6012

157.8

127.5

-30.4

-19.2

$47,710

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

43-1011

1,521.8

1,493.5

-28.3

-1.9

$60,590

Order clerks

43-4151

143.9

119.7

-24.2

-16.8

$37,920

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

43-3051

157.7

133.9

-23.8

-15.1

$47,610

Printing press operators

51-5112

153.1

129.4

-23.7

-15.5

$37,770

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

847.6

824.0

-23.6

-2.8

$73,060

Telemarketers

41-9041

115.7

94.7

-21.0

-18.2

$28,910

Chief executives

11-1011

283.9

263.3

-20.6

-7.3

$179,520

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

13-1031

314.3

295.9

-18.3

-5.8

$65,080

Computer programmers

15-1251

174.4

156.6

-17.8

-10.2

$93,000

Word processors and typists

43-9022

46.1

28.5

-17.6

-38.2

$44,030

Bill and account collectors

43-3011

215.4

197.9

-17.5

-8.1

$37,700

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

51-9061

571.6

554.5

-17.2

-3.0

$38,580

Helpers--production workers

51-9198

206.9

190.3

-16.5

-8.0

$30,000

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

322.9

307.4

-15.4

-4.8

$52,440

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

45-2093

228.5

213.6

-14.8

-6.5

$29,630

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, 2022