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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Some of the Worst Jobs for the Future

Two years ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that overall employment would increase 14.8% by 2020; the latest projection is 10.8% growth by 2022. "When they made those rosier projections, they didn't realize how slow this rebound was going to be," says labor force expert Laurence Shatkin.

Some career fields are in worse shape than others. Here are a few struggling professions that you might want to think twice about entering. All are shedding positions rapidly, most are saddled with below-average pay and many come with high stress levels, based on such factors as time pressure and having to deal with unpleasant people.

   Floral Designer

Total number of U.S. workers: 46,490
10-year growth projection:
-8.0% 

 Future job prospects are wilting for floral designers. Budget- and convenience-conscious consumers are opting to buy fresh-cut flowers from grocery stores instead of elaborate arrangements from florists. So if your heart is set on a floral-focused future, look for a position with a grocery store, where demand for floral designers is expected to grow by 7%; employment in stand-alone flower shops is projected to fall by 22%
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  Courier
 Total number of U.S. workers: 74,060
10-year growth projection: -11.1%
 The bike messenger could be going the way of the Pony Express. The ability to share documents and other files via e-mail and the cloud is putting a big dent in the courier business. Similar shifts are hurting the U.S. Postal Service. Mail-carrier positions will be reduced by an estimated 26.8% by 2022. "Routes and sorting can be done more and more by computer now," says career expert Shatkin. "So there are a lot less people needed to move stuff around."

 
 Ticket Agent
 Total number of U.S. workers: 141,900
10-year growth projection:  -14.0%Travel is stressful, not just for the travelers themselves but also for the people who work in the industry. Ticket agents at airports, railroad depots and bus stations often absorb the brunt of travelers' frustrations. So it's no surprise that these workers report one of the highest stress levels on this list, mostly related to having to accept criticism, deal with angry people and handle time pressures.
 Adding to their stress, the need for ticket agents is dwindling due to advances in technology. Travelers can now book their own tickets online, print itineraries and boarding passes at home (or download them to mobile devices), and check in at self-service kiosks.

  Office Machine Operator

 Total number of U.S. workers: 66,840
10-year growth projection: -10.2%

 Overall, office and administrative support occupations are expected to grow 6.8%, but several positions that require less skill and training have landed near the bottom of our job rankings. Office machine operators, who handle photocopying, scanning, shredding and other similar tasks, are among the unlucky ones. "As more and more paper documents are replaced by electronic documents, these tasks lose importance and the workers who do them are less necessary," explains career expert Shatkin.

  Reporter
 Total number of U.S. workers: 43,630
10-year growth projection: -13.8%
 
 The ongoing shift toward the digital consumption of news continues to pressure newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as television and radio broadcasters. While it's true that more money is being earned online as a result, it's not enough to offset the revenue lost to declining advertising and subscriptions. And if reporters and correspondents didn't already have enough stress thanks to deadlines and the pressure to get the facts straight, the rise of media conglomerates has shrunk the number of positions as newsrooms have merged.

  Data Entry Clerk
 Total number of U.S. workers: 207,660
10-year growth projection: -24.6%
The largest pool of workers on this list of worst jobs is also losing the most positions at the fastest pace. Another casualty of the digital age, data entry clerks, who typically enter print information into computer databases, are losing their usefulness as more data is being collected already in electronic form.

  Electronic Equipment Assembler
 Total number of U.S. workers: 203,880
10-year growth projection: -6.8%
 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build electric motors, computers and other such devices that can be used in all types of military systems, medical equipment and elsewhere. While some of this work is still done by hand, much of the work is already performed by automated systems because the parts are too small or fragile for human handling. And even more of the work may be taken on by automation or be otherwise handled in more-efficient ways, requiring fewer human hands.


   Switchboard Operator
 Total number of U.S. workers: 118,060
10-year growth projection: -13.2%

 Automated answering services are rapidly replacing their human predecessors as switchboard operators, and the trend shows no signs of flagging. (Note: These are not call-center jobs; these are the people who answer the phone for businesses, respond to basic questions and transfer calls.) The lowest-skilled operators are particularly vulnerable to job loss.


   Metal and Plastic Grinding Tool Operator  
 Total number of U.S. workers: 70,910
10-year growth projection: -12.6%

 Employment in U.S. manufacturing as a whole is expected to grow by less than 1%, adding 75,600 new jobs. That's not much, but at least it's still moving in a positive direction. But certain manufacturing jobs are less promising because much of the work can be done more efficiently by machines or more affordably abroad. Along with grinding tool operators, who remove excess material, sharpen edges and smooth surfaces of metals and plastics, machine operators specializing in cutting, slicing, extruding or forming also are faring poorly.

     These are a few of the jobs being hit in today's job market, that is why it is important to accelerate your income and out distance inflation for you and your family. Start today!