Employment Projections

Fastest declining occupations

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Table 1.5 Fastest declining occupations, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Fallers

45-4021

6.6

3.8

-2.9

-43.3

$35,250

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.6

0.9

-0.7

-42.0

$44,920

Shoe machine operators and tenders

51-6042

3.5

2.3

-1.2

-35.3

$24,310

Postal service clerks

43-5051

66.9

45.7

-21.3

-31.8

$53,090

Log graders and scalers

45-4023

3.5

2.4

-1.1

-31.6

$32,880

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

129.6

91.0

-38.6

-29.8

$53,090

Semiconductor processors

51-9141

21.3

15.5

-5.8

-27.1

$33,020

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6062

15.5

11.3

-4.2

-27.1

$24,050

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

295.1

215.8

-79.2

-26.8

$56,490

Motion picture projectionists

39-3021

8.0

5.8

-2.1

-26.5

$19,830

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

161.4

119.7

-41.7

-25.8

$21,270

Word processors and typists

43-9022

104.4

78.2

-26.2

-25.1

$35,270

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6092

6.5

4.9

-1.6

-25.0

$38,650

Data entry keyers

43-9021

220.3

166.1

-54.2

-24.6

$28,010

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

21.9

16.5

-5.4

-24.5

$26,540

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

23.0

17.4

-5.6

-24.2

$63,050

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.4

8.6

-2.7

-24.0

$24,210

Animal breeders

45-2021

1.3

1.0

-0.3

-23.4

$34,250

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

51-4032

20.9

16.2

-4.7

-22.5

$33,940

Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6064

27.5

21.8

-5.6

-20.5

$25,850

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

930.6

750.7

-179.9

-19.3

$69,300

Meter readers, utilities

43-5041

40.2

32.5

-7.7

-19.2

$35,940

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

10.7

8.7

-2.0

-18.7

$34,060

Computer operators

43-9011

74.6

62.0

-12.7

-17.0

$38,390

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.4

10.4

-2.0

-16.2

$30,540

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

51-4021

74.9

63.0

-11.9

-15.9

$32,330

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

51-4072

125.0

105.8

-19.2

-15.4

$28,630

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

41-9091

92.7

78.5

-14.2

-15.3

$21,470

Cutters and trimmers, hand

51-9031

14.2

12.1

-2.2

-15.3

$24,530

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

5.3

4.5

-0.8

-15.1

$28,080

Footnotes:
1 Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: December 19, 2013

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