Employment Projections

Occupations with the largest job declines

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Table 1.6 Occupations with the largest job declines, 2014 and projected 2024
(Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2015(1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$36,200

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,760.3

1,611.5

-148.7

-8.4

$37,250

Cooks, fast food

35-2011

524.4

444.0

-80.4

-15.3

$19,080

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

297.4

219.4

-78.1

-26.2

$58,280

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

776.6

732.0

-44.6

-5.7

$53,370

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

45-2092

470.2

427.3

-42.9

-9.1

$19,770

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

112.2

-41.7

-27.1

$22,550

Tellers

43-3071

520.5

480.5

-40.0

-7.7

$26,410

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

117.6

78.0

-39.7

-33.7

$56,740

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4031

192.2

152.7

-39.5

-20.6

$31,280

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

112.4

75.4

-37.0

-32.9

$27,440

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

51-4072

129.5

97.2

-32.3

-25.0

$29,340

Computer programmers

15-1131

328.6

302.2

-26.5

-8.0

$79,530

Printing press operators

51-5112

173.0

151.4

-21.6

-12.5

$35,240

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

43-9051

104.9

85.1

-19.8

-18.8

$28,570

Bill and account collectors

43-3011

350.4

330.9

-19.6

-5.6

$34,440

Dishwashers

35-9021

507.4

487.9

-19.5

-3.9

$19,340

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

51-1011

606.9

588.2

-18.7

-3.1

$56,340

Postal service clerks

43-5051

69.6

51.3

-18.3

-26.2

$56,790

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

929.8

911.7

-18.1

-1.9

$64,170

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

51-4021

73.4

55.5

-17.9

-24.4

$33,120

Helpers--production workers

51-9198

419.2

403.2

-16.1

-3.8

$23,960

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4033

71.4

55.8

-15.7

-21.9

$32,840

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

43-5071

670.2

655.7

-14.5

-2.2

$30,450

Word processors and typists

43-9022

90.7

76.5

-14.2

-15.7

$37,610

Insurance underwriters

13-2053

103.4

91.6

-11.7

-11.4

$65,040

Computer operators

43-9011

61.1

49.5

-11.6

-19.0

$40,420

Office machine operators, except computer

43-9071

69.6

58.0

-11.5

-16.6

$29,010

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-4122

59.5

48.8

-10.7

-18.0

$36,150

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

207.2

197.0

-10.2

-4.9

$30,860

Tool and die makers

51-4111

77.8

67.7

-10.1

-13.0

$50,290

Footnotes:
(1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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