A new study released Tuesday by job-search site CareerCast.com, lists the 10 top endangered jobs in the U.S. Using data on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerCast projected the least promising career paths in terms of future employment growth, income potential and existing unemployment in the job field.
- Mail carrier
- Meter reader
- Newspaper reporter
- Travel agent
- Flight Attendant
- Drill-Press Operator
- Printing Worker
- Tax Examiner and Collector
“The common theme in these jobs is paper,” says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.
There is simply less demand for the type of work represented by these jobs, in most cases due to technological advances.
Since I have recently been spending many frustrating hours planning my summer vacation, I wish travel agents would make a comeback. Apparently there is a trend toward a fee-for-service model among travel agents, particularly in the FIT (Flexible Independent Travel) market. Maybe next time I’m planning a family vacation I’ll seek out a travel agent to make my life easier.
I’m particularly concerned to see that newspaper reporter jobs made this list since I have a son who is an aspiring journalist. Perhaps the growing proliferation of online news sources will boost job growth in that area. That may be optimistic thinking, but you can’t blame a mom for hoping.