The 10 most endangered jobs in 2014

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This morning, CareerCast posted its report on the 10 most endangered jobs, and the theme this year seems to be paper.

According to CareerCast publisher Tony Lee, a “dramatically lower demand for paper” is due to a number of factors, from people reading the news on their tablets and smart phones, to shopping catalogues moving online, and people using email and social media to stay in touch rather than writing letters. Going paperless doesn’t only affect printing workers, who can expect a -5% hiring outlook, but also lumberjacks and mail carriers, who have hiring outlooks of -9% and -28% respectively.

Hiring outlooks for CareerCast’s 10 most endangered jobs were calculated using data from CareerCast’s 2014 Jobs Rated Report, and from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of the jobs are threatened by longer term trends, such as newspaper reporters, who have a hiring outlook of -13%. According to the report, “Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace.”

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Other industries, though, can become endangered with the sudden invention of a new technology. Meter readers, for one, can expect a -19% hiring outlook in the coming years as “a growing number of gas and electric companies are installing electronic meter readers that instantly provide usage updates,” the report explains.

Flight attendant is a career with less obvious factors behind its becoming endangered. According to Lee, there are three reasons for the -7% hiring outlook in this field: “cost reductions across the industry, which reduces the number of attendants on each flight; fewer flights using larger planes to reduce costs; and the willingness of current attendants to work much longer careers than had been true historically, which reduces opportunities for new attendants.”

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This means that current flight attendants can hope for some job security. This is true for current mail carriers, too, according to the report, though those aspiring toward the career will have to compete with “postman wannabes” that “the profession is rapidly contracting.”

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Lee was optimistic about one job on the list – farmers. He cited consolidations in the industry as
“mega-farms” take over “the smaller farmers in many communities” to explain the hiring outlook of -19%. “But the rise of organic farming seems to be creating a new wave of young farmers which may help increase their numbers in the years to come.”

1. MAIL CARRIER
Median Salary: $53,100
Hiring Outlook: -28%

2. FARMER
Median Salary: $69,300
Hiring Outlook: -19%

3. METER READER
Median Salary: $36,410
Hiring Outlook: -19%

4. NEWSPAPER REPORTER
Median Salary: $37,090
Hiring Outlook: -13%

5. TRAVEL AGENT
Median Salary: $34,600
Hiring Outlook: -12%

6. LUMBERJACK
Median Salary: $24,340
Hiring Outlook: -9%

7. FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Median Salary: $37,240
Hiring Outlook: -7%

8. DRILL-PRESS OPERATOR
Median Salary: $32,950
Hiring Outlook: -6%

9. PRINTING WORKER
Median Salary: $34,100
Hiring Outlook: -5%

10. TAX EXAMINER AND COLLECTOR
Median Salary: $50,440
Hiring Outlook: -4%

 

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