Occupations with the largest job declines

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Table 1.6 Occupations with the largest job declines, 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

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

930.6

750.7

-179.9

-19.3

$69,300

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

295.1

215.8

-79.2

-26.8

$56,490

Data entry keyers

43-9021

220.3

166.1

-54.2

-24.6

$28,010

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

161.4

119.7

-41.7

-25.8

$21,270

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

129.6

91.0

-38.6

-29.8

$53,090

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

45-2092

596.8

567.6

-29.2

-4.9

$18,670

Word processors and typists

43-9022

104.4

78.2

-26.2

-25.1

$35,270

Postal service clerks

43-5051

66.9

45.7

-21.3

-31.8

$53,090

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

43-4181

139.1

119.6

-19.5

-14.0

$32,400

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

51-4072

125.0

105.8

-19.2

-15.4

$28,630

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

131.0

113.7

-17.3

-13.2

$25,370

Information and record clerks, all other

43-4199

188.9

172.2

-16.7

-8.8

$37,240

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

51-4031

184.7

168.2

-16.4

-8.9

$29,690

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

41-9091

92.7

78.5

-14.2

-15.3

$21,470

Industrial truck and tractor operators

53-7051

508.6

495.0

-13.6

-2.7

$30,220

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

198.3

184.9

-13.5

-6.8

$28,810

Computer operators

43-9011

74.6

62.0

-12.7

-17.0

$38,390

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

51-4021

74.9

63.0

-11.9

-15.9

$32,330

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4081

85.9

74.5

-11.4

-13.2

$33,960

Couriers and messengers

43-5021

98.2

87.4

-10.9

-11.1

$25,440

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

873.9

863.4

-10.5

-1.2

$47,500

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

51-1011

594.7

584.2

-10.5

-1.8

$54,040

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

43-9051

108.5

98.9

-9.6

-8.8

$26,900

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

51-4033

71.5

62.5

-9.0

-12.6

$31,620

Travel agents

41-3041

73.3

64.4

-8.9

-12.1

$34,600

Meter readers, utilities

43-5041

40.2

32.5

-7.7

-19.2

$35,940

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-9196

95.0

87.5

-7.6

-8.0

$34,690

Reporters and correspondents

27-3022

51.7

44.6

-7.1

-13.8

$35,870

Office machine operators, except computer

43-9071

68.8

61.8

-7.0

-10.2

$27,950

Printing press operators

51-5112

178.4

171.4

-7.0

-3.9

$34,690

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