The nation’s unemployment rate, which was 4.1 percent in February, hit a 17-year low back in October 2017 and has remained there. The future looks even brighter for those working as wind turbine technicians, physical therapists and nurse practitioners, as the renewable energy sector expands and aging Americans need more help maintaining and managing their health.
While not quite extinct yet, there are other industries that are headed for the endangered species list. Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show postal clerks, plastics makers, textile manufacturers and others whose jobs are being exported or taken over by technology will have far fewer workers by 2026.
These 10 specific occupations and occupational groups are projected by the BLS to lose the most workers between 2016 and 2026. Some job titles are listed individually, while job losses for related jobs in the same “minor group,” according to the Bureau’s Standard Occupational Classification system, have been combined.
Click through to see the list of jobs on the chopping block and prepare by learning which jobs are growing.