10 jobs that are most likely to disappear

Researching the job market is an integral part of a successful job hunt. While you may be tempted to take the first job you can land and stick with it, it’s important to know which occupations aren’t as secure as you might want them to be. 24/7 Wall St. recently looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics on jobs from 2002 to 2012 and created a list of the top disappearing jobs. Although you may find work in one of the following professions, remember that when an industry shrinks, so does its level of job security.

1. Advertising and Promotions Managers – Advertising and promotions managers are the liaisons between companies and print advertising. With the decline of print media and the rise of social media, this type of advertising is falling into disfavor. It may be hard for companies to justify these positions when their advertising method of choice is becoming extinct.

Average Salary: $88,590

10-Year Job Decline: -52,670

10-Year Predicted Decline: -65%

2. Carpenter’s Helpers – These individuals assist in cutting wood, erecting scaffolds and smoothing materials.

The housing crisis from only a few years ago is still affecting the economy today. Because there aren’t as many houses being built, there has been a shortage in the number of carpenters required to build them. This, in turn, has affected the number of carpenter’s helper positions available.

Average Salary: $25,550

10-Year Job Decline: -62,030

10-Year Predicted Decline: -63%

3. Plasterers and Stucco Masons – When a bulk of the construction industry crumbles, so do the jobs tied to it. While there are still many houses being built, the numbers don’t match up to pre-housing crisis construction. Some plasterers and stucco masons may have trouble finding work. Applying protective and decorative coats to interior surfaces isn’t the easiest do-it-yourself job to perform, so it’s unfortunate to see the valuable skills of these professionals fall by the wayside.

Average Salary: $37,130

10-Year Job Decline: -33,250

10-Year Predicted Decline: -61%

4. Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic – Plastics and metals come in wide varieties with many different properties; shaping and cutting each one requires specific tools and precision work. While this type of job used to call for experts who knew how to work with every type of plastic and metal, machines are now able to perform the same specifications for a lower cost.

Average Salary: $33,940

10-Year Job Decline: -31,070

10-Year Predicted Decline: -60%

5. Brick Masons, Block Masons, Stone Masons, Tile and Marble Setters – Laying down the basic construction materials for houses and other buildings is an important and rewarding job, but these are also professions that have been negatively impacted by the housing crisis.

Average Salary: $28,220

10-Year Job Decline: -36,430

10-Year Predicted Decline: -60%

6. Computer Operators – Computers are changing so quickly that some of the jobs they created are becoming obsolete. Computer operators are professionals who troubleshoot terminals in order to ensure their continued operation. Since troubleshooting computer errors has become a streamlined, easy-to-manage process, the need for specialist computer operators has dropped. Often, their work can be incorporated into the work of IT professionals, or just about any other job that requires advanced computing knowledge.

Average Salary: $38,390

10-Year Job Decline: -101,080

10-Year Predicted Decline: -59%

7. Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders – In another case of automation and optimization hurting employment, the clothing and fabric manufacturing industries have seen a large dip in jobs. Although many blame international outsourcing as part of the problem, according a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, increased productivity per worker has also reduced the number of jobs.

Average Salary: $26,540

10-Year Job Decline: -28,300

10-Year Predicted Decline: -57%

8. Word Processors and Typists – Before computers became ubiquitous and necessary in the working world, word processors and typists were experts who could draft documents to any specifications. However, most employers require office workers to already know how to use word-processing software, and such programs have become increasingly user-friendly.

verage Salary: $35,270

10-Year Job Decline: -112,640

10-Year Predicted Decline: -54%

9. Pre-press Technicians – Pre-press technicians ensure that printed materials are formatted to specific standards before they hit the printing press. However, the power of modern software has eliminated much of the need for these professionals. While there is some balance in job loss and creation with the rise in printing labels, wrappers and packaging, the profession is still rapidly shrinking.

Average Salary: $37,260

10-Year Job Decline: -47,950

10-Year Predicted Decline: -54%

10. Semiconductor Processors – Semiconductors have become too small for humans to process accurately. Automated machines have risen to favor because of this, as well as the cleanliness requirements of semiconductor fabrication. While this trend reduces expenses for companies, it has rapidly shrunk the number of semiconductor processing jobs available.

Average Salary: $33,020

10-Year Job Decline: -22,250

10-Year Predicted Decline: -51%

Article courtesy of Military.com




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