10 jobs that will shrink the fastest over the next decade

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The latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates of the fastest declining occupations project that many of them will decline by well over 20% by 2031. That will mean: about 8.3 million fewer jobs within a decade.

At the same time, however, other professions are also in greater demand, as you will see in “The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs for the Next 10 Years”.

Read on to see the jobs projected to experience the biggest decline through 2031, from the 10th to the #1 job facing the biggest changes.

10. Electronic equipment installers and repairers (for automobiles)

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Employment 2021: 9,200 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 7,100 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 23.4%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $40,670

9. Switchboards (including answering machines)

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Employment 2021: 49,000 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 37,200 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 24.0%

Median annual salary as of 2021: $30,150

8. Telephone operators

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Employment 2021: 4,000 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 3,000 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 24.5%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $37,630

6. Watchmaker (tie)

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Employment 2021: 2,200 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 1,700 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 24.7%

Median annual salary as of 2021: $44,250

6. Data Entry Keyer (tie)

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Employment 2021: 155,900 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 117,400 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 24.7%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $35,630

5. Print binding and finishing workers

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Employment 2021: 42,200 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 31,800 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 24.8%

Median annual salary as of 2021: $36,590

4. Nuclear power plant operators

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Employment 2021: 4,800 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 3,500 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 26.8%

Median annual salary as of 2021: $104,260

3. Hand cutters and trimmers

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Employment 2021: 8,200 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 5,900 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 28.4%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $30,230

2. Park Inspectorate

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Employment 2021: 8,600 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 5,400 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 37.1%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $46,590

1. Word processors and typists

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Employment 2021: 46,100 jobs

Expected employment in 2031: 28,500 jobs

Projected employment decline for 2021-2031: 38.2%

Median annual wage as of 2021: $44,030