Fastest declining occupations

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Table 1.5 Fastest declining occupations, 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

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.7

0.5

-1.2

-69.9

$48,470

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-2096

11.5

5.8

-5.8

-50.0

$31,360

Telephone operators

43-2021

13.1

7.5

-5.5

-42.4

$35,880

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

117.6

78.0

-39.7

-33.7

$56,740

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

112.4

75.4

-37.0

-32.9

$27,440

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-9151

28.8

19.4

-9.5

-32.9

$26,590

Shoe machine operators and tenders

51-6042

3.5

2.5

-1.1

-30.5

$25,190

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

4.0

2.8

-1.2

-30.0

$30,050

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.0

8.7

-3.3

-27.7

$32,680

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

153.9

112.2

-41.7

-27.1

$22,550

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

9.8

7.2

-2.6

-26.6

$33,850

Postal service clerks

43-5051

69.6

51.3

-18.3

-26.2

$56,790

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

17.3

12.8

-4.6

-26.2

$70,640

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

297.4

219.4

-78.1

-26.2

$58,280

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

27.9

20.6

-7.3

-26.2

$27,220

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6092

5.4

4.0

-1.4

-26.0

$43,900

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6062

14.3

10.6

-3.7

-25.7

$25,490

Watch repairers

49-9064

2.7

2.0

-0.7

-25.7

$34,750

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

51-4072

129.5

97.2

-32.3

-25.0

$29,340

Prepress technicians and workers

51-5111

36.5

27.5

-9.0

-24.6

$38,270

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

51-4021

73.4

55.5

-17.9

-24.4

$33,120

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.7

8.9

-2.8

-23.9

$26,340

Patternmakers, metal and plastic

51-4062

3.8

2.9

-0.9

-23.4

$40,960

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

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

51-6064

26.0

20.3

-5.6

-21.7

$26,870

Model makers, metal and plastic

51-4061

6.2

4.9

-1.3

-21.5

$45,980

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4022

21.6

17.0

-4.6

-21.5

$35,070

Desktop publishers

43-9031

14.8

11.7

-3.1

-21.0

$39,840

Parking enforcement workers

33-3041

9.4

7.4

-2.0

-20.8

$36,530

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4035

22.4

17.8

-4.6

-20.6

$38,250

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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Last Modified Date: April 18, 2016