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Careers with Declining Employment
These are the occupations expected to have the largest percent drop in employment for any state from 2014 to 2024 (and for the United States as a whole from 2016 to 2026). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 180 declining occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Locomotive Firers
1,200
300
-79%
Median wage is greater than $56,230 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
2
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
10,800
4,700
-56%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearAssociate's degree
3
Parking Enforcement Workers
9,400
6,100
-35%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Word Processors and Typists
74,900
50,100
-33%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Watch Repairers
1,800
1,200
-30%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
6
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
12,100
9,000
-26%
Median wage is between $22,610 and $34,720 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
12,500
9,500
-24%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Computer Operators
51,500
39,700
-23%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Pourers and Casters, Metal
8,400
6,500
-23%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Telephone Operators
9,100
7,000
-23%
Median wage is between $34,760 to $56,120 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent