Top 10 most endangered jobs in America

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Top 10 most endangered jobs in America
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If you’re looking for a new career, you may not want to apply for a job with the United States Postal Service, according to a new CareerCast.com study.

The jobs website rounded up a list of 10 positions that have been severely impacted by labor market changes and have unfavorable hiring forecasts for at least the next eight years. 

Read more: Worried about the economy? Here are 11 recession-proof jobs

New report: These 10 jobs are in danger!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 28% decline in employment of mail carriers by 2024, which translates to 136,000 jobs. Like other careers on the list, mail carriers face an uncertain future because of changing consumer habits, technology and automation.

‘The field began changing in the early part of the 2000s, as more Americans began communicating through email and text messaging, abandoning the traditional letter when reaching out to friends, family and colleagues,’ says Kyle Kensing of CareerCast. ‘However, the bigger impact on the postal field’s hiring outlook for the future is the automation of sorting and processing.’

Here’s a look at CareerCast.com’s 10 most endangered jobs, including the growth outlook through 2024 and median annual income:

1. Mail Carrier

  • Growth outlook: -28%
  • Median annual income: $56,790

2. Typist/Word Processor

  • Growth outlook: -18%
  • Median annual income: $37,610

3. Meter Reader

  • Growth outlook: -15%
  • Median annual income: $38,510

4. Disc Jockey

  • Growth outlook: -11%
  • Median annual income: $30,080

5. Jeweler

  • Growth outlook: -11%
  • Median annual income: $37,060

6. Insurance Underwriter

  • Growth outlook: -11%
  • Median annual income: $65,040

7. Seamstress/Tailor

  • Growth outlook: -9%
  • Median annual income: $25,830

8. Broadcaster

  • Growth outlook: -9%
  • Median annual income: $37,720

9. Newspaper Reporter

  • Growth outlook: -8%
  • Median annual income: $36,360

10. Computer Programmer

  • Growth outlook: -8%
  • Median annual income: $79,530

Surprised to see computer programmer on the list? CareerCast.com says the issue here is that fundamental-level programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies are outsourcing the positions to save money.

Who’s hiring? 

If you’re looking for a job with a strong outlook, consider this list of 11 jobs that pay $100,000 or more, including several in the healthcare field. We also have a list of five blue-collar jobs that pay well.

Read more: 50 best places to work in 2017

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