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Jobs projected to shrink the most in the next decade

Stacker Logo By Elizabeth Jackson of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: With a presidential election on the horizon in 2020, the health of the American economy is a major concern on voters’ minds—particularly the job market and the prospects of finding employment.

For some Americans, who work in services like finance, technology, and engineering, jobs may feel plentiful. But for other Americans, the picture is different. Jobs that were once abundant, like those in manufacturing, or in telephone or computer operation, have declined significantly in recent years, or are set to do so in the future.

Several trends and social changes are responsible for these declines. One of the most prominent is automation. Whereas skilled labor with significant training and specialization were required in order to build and maintain different kinds of machines, in recent years, machines for machines have been replacing these jobs at a steady rate, and show no signs of abating.

The same holds true on factory floors, where manufacturing jobs used to offer a solid footing into the middle class for many Americans; now, such jobs like textile and garment production are outsourced to robots and machines.

Another key job killer in recent years? The digital revolution. The forces of technological advances have hurt workers in a range of other industries, such as postal workers. From the managers of post office stations to mail carriers themselves, email and other digital communication avenues have caused the amount of mail in the postal system to plummet, leading to job cuts.

Stacker compiled a list of 30 jobs expected to shrink the most by 2028, using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections data. The jobs are ranked by the 2018–2028 projected employment percent change, and ties are broken by the overall projected 2028 employment. Any occupations from BLS that included “all other” in the name were excluded from the list, because these occupations are groups of similar jobs and are not accurate representations of growth for any one job or field.

Click through to see which jobs are projected to shrink the most in the next decade.

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Stacker compiled a list of 30 jobs expected to shrink the most by 2028

With a presidential election on the horizon in 2020, the health of the American economy is a major concern on voters’ minds — particularly the job market and the prospects of finding employment.

For some Americans, who work in services like finance, technology, and engineering, jobs may feel plentiful. But for other Americans, the picture is different. Jobs that were once abundant, like those in manufacturing, or in telephone or computer operation, have declined significantly in recent years, or are set to do so in the future.

Several trends and social changes are responsible for these declines. One of the most prominent is automation. Whereas skilled labor with significant training and specialization were required in order to build and maintain different kinds of machines, in recent years, machines for machines have been replacing these jobs at a steady rate, and show no signs of abating.

The same holds true on factory floors, where manufacturing jobs used to offer a solid footing into the middle class for many Americans; now, such jobs like textile and garment production are outsourced to robots and machines.

Another key job killer in recent years? The digital revolution. The forces of technological advances have hurt workers in a range of other industries, such as postal workers. From the managers of post office stations to mail carriers themselves, email and other digital communication avenues have caused the amount of mail in the postal system to plummet, leading to job cuts.

Stacker compiled a list of 30 jobs expected to shrink the most by 2028, using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections data. The jobs are ranked by the 2018–2028 projected employment percent change, and ties are broken by the overall projected 2028 employment. Any occupations from BLS that included “all other” in the name were excluded from the list, because these occupations are groups of similar jobs and are not accurate representations of growth for any one job or field.

Click through to see which jobs are projected to shrink the most in the next decade.

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