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10 Popular Jobs That Are Quickly Disappearing
Business Insider ^ | 07/15/2014 | Emmie Martin

Posted on 07/15/2014 7:40:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

As the digital sector grows, jobs that rely on older technologies, such as newspaper reporters, mail carriers, and lumberjacks, are rapidly becoming obsolete.

A new study by CareerCast revealed the top 10 professions predicted to lose the most jobs by 2022, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mail carriers are most endangered, with a projected 28% decline by the year 2022. Farmers and meter readers will also see significant shrinkage, with an anticipated 19% decline for each within the next eight years.

Is your job headed for the trash pile?

1. Mail Carrier

BLS job description: Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.

Median salary: $53,100

Expected change in employment by 2022: -28%

2. Farmer

BLS job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Median salary: $69,300

Expected change in employment by 2022: -19%

3. Meter Reader

BLS job description: Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

Median salary: $36,410

Expected change in employment by 2022: -19%

4. Newspaper Reporter

BLS job description: Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Median salary: $37,090

Expected change in employment by 2022: -13%

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: jobs; unemployment

1 posted on 07/15/2014 7:40:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! $600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ...


2 posted on 07/15/2014 7:43:03 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Based on what I read, editors must be paid even less!


3 posted on 07/15/2014 7:47:41 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: SeekAndFind

pretty weak analysis...

Most of these jobs are going away because of digitization. There will never be digital equivalents to farmers or lumberjacks, these professions are simply becoming more productive due to the use of mechanization and are not more “going away” than is manufacturing, which now requires fewer workers for the same reason.

In addition, production agriculture is now a very high-tech business which requires workers having greater skills that are paid higher salaries. Knowing how to program a PLC is more valuable on many dairy operations today as knowing which end of the cow the milk comes out of.


4 posted on 07/15/2014 7:48:58 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

Had to laugh about how newspaper reporters are described as collecting and analyzing information. They left out that reporters apply liberal political bias to whatever they are “analyzing”, and that they don’t actually analyze the issues of the day dispassionately.


5 posted on 07/15/2014 7:50:20 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can see those meter reader jobs going away altogether. Recently, my electric power company installed new meters that provide electronic readings to their central billing location. I would expect the water and gas meters to do something similar in the not too distant future.


6 posted on 07/15/2014 7:52:25 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: SeekAndFind
The most interesting to me is the median salary of someone in the printing industry, I exceeded that $34,000 in the mid 1970s as a pressman. Of course back then a heat-set web pressman was a growing trade. By 1990, it was on a downhill slide.
7 posted on 07/15/2014 7:54:11 AM PDT by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Phillip Nolan by the day.)
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To: bigbob

I think you can say the same about reporters and post office workers. There is more news and letters being created than ever before. The fact it is occurring on a computer screen rather than paper makes it more efficient, eliminating redundant jobs.


8 posted on 07/15/2014 7:54:11 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: tanknetter

“...$600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ......”

Even more puzzling given that the meter reader is most probably much more intelligent than the reporter.


9 posted on 07/15/2014 7:54:36 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: tanknetter

“LOL! $600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ...”

Too bad reporters aren’t requited to stay as accurate as the meter readers.


10 posted on 07/15/2014 7:55:32 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

In my area, they don’t collect and analyze. They go somewhere something interesting has happened and make up a story that sounds good to them.


11 posted on 07/15/2014 7:55:55 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: SeekAndFind

Newspaper reporter:

Creates fictional or slanted stories to enforce personal and professional biases. Lies to readers to advance selected agenda. Provides wide-reaching public forum for dissemination of propaganda. Aids in social re-engineering through selective publication of distorted information.


12 posted on 07/15/2014 7:56:30 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, but they’re hiring Turd Counters in San Francisco by the bucket loads.


13 posted on 07/15/2014 7:57:42 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I anticipate a time when almost everything that goes on is digitally controlled and people sitting in cubes monitoring activity and churning out reports will compete for jobs worth less than $40,000 a year while plumbers, electricians and home repair professionals will command well over $100 and hour, work on their own selected schedules and require large deposits just to get on their appointment schedule. Emergency visits will be very expensive.


14 posted on 07/15/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: tanknetter

Big difference in how they report. A meter reader has to report the truth.


15 posted on 07/15/2014 7:58:57 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
4. Newspaper Reporter

BLS job description: "Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television. Revise facts to fit progressive agenda. Put favorable spin on the truth to help democrat candidates or support liberal issues - get approval from local DNC staff.

16 posted on 07/15/2014 8:02:13 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I plan on farming after I retire in a few years. Good thing I have two million dollars, because in a years time, I’ll be a ‘millionaire’ farmer.

*SNORT*

At least I can feed myself and a few select others...much more than I can say for many others. :)


17 posted on 07/15/2014 8:03:18 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SeekAndFind

re: Tax Examiner and Collector. Why it’s disappearing: New technologies allow companies to streamline the tax examining and collecting process, meaning they need to make fewer hires.

I hardly think these are going away. In the age of Obama and democrat politicians the tax code is getting more and more complicated every year. The number of these workers should be increasing rather than decreasing because companies must hire experts to keep themselves out of trouble with the IRS.


18 posted on 07/15/2014 8:03:21 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: SeekAndFind
The rest of the jobs:

Travel Agent
Lumberjack
Flight Attendant
Drill-Press Operator
Printing Worker
Tax Examiner and Collector

19 posted on 07/15/2014 8:08:01 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: KarlInOhio

RE: Tax Examiner and Collector

I sure hope so.... Let all those at the IRS go obsolete.


20 posted on 07/15/2014 8:11:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

As the California girl said, since we can buy all of our food at the supermarket, we don’t need farmers anymore.


21 posted on 07/15/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: Baynative

unless of course our dear leaders decide that “affordable plumbing” is a protected right for all (ex - “affordable housing, Health Ins).

Then the plumber’s hourly wage is capped for the public’s general welfare.


22 posted on 07/15/2014 8:15:53 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: SeekAndFind

The saddest and most dangerous one here is farmer. As the small and medium farmers/ranchers get squeezed out Monsanto, Con-Agra, and other giants will have a strangle hold on our food supply (the whole GMO thing is another argument). That puts healthcare and food under government control. Pretty strong leverage.


23 posted on 07/15/2014 8:16:52 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: KarlInOhio
"...as newspaper reporters, mail carriers, and lumberjacks, are rapidly becoming obsolete..."

There's an app for that?

24 posted on 07/15/2014 8:18:48 AM PDT by moovova
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To: dangerdoc

“They go somewhere something interesting has happened and make up a story that sounds good to them.”

I lost track of the number of times I worked a fire or accident scene and read about it in the paper and the only thing that matched what I saw was the location.


25 posted on 07/15/2014 8:19:22 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("911 is for when the backhoe won't start." JRandomFreeper)
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To: Baynative

My plumber, who I’ve known since he was a kid, charges $175 just to show up. He has his own biz and makes a pretty good living. He works his tail off though. Not that there is anything wrong with that. ;)


26 posted on 07/15/2014 8:23:24 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Clay Moore

I don’t speak to reporters, you don’t want your name attached to whatever they make up.


27 posted on 07/15/2014 8:23:25 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: roofgoat
OMG - I never thought of that angle! You make the point that no one is safe.

It reminds me of the axiom that "With capitalism the rich become powerful and with socialism the powerful become rich."

28 posted on 07/15/2014 8:25:01 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jobs That Are Quickly Disappearing

Medical Doctor.

Why it's disappearing: Obamacare.

29 posted on 07/15/2014 8:26:03 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
I would expect the water and gas meters to do something similar in the not too distant future

Most did in the late 80's and early 90's. Electric was the last in most cases.
30 posted on 07/15/2014 8:28:32 AM PDT by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: sheana

The two most successful people I know from my childhood are a plumbing contractor and a tire shop owner.


31 posted on 07/15/2014 8:28:50 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: dangerdoc

“I don’t speak to reporters, you don’t want your name attached to whatever they make up.”

I will even circle cover like a squirrel to stay out of the picture!


32 posted on 07/15/2014 8:28:50 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("911 is for when the backhoe won't start." JRandomFreeper)
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To: tanknetter
LOL! $600 difference in annual (median) income between a reporter and a meter reader ...

Makes sense - meter readers read meters for a living, while reporters read the NYT.

33 posted on 07/15/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Baynative

My nephew is in school right now majoring in commun ications (journalism). I told him he should’ve become a plumber. The problem is he is lazy and doesn’t like to work.


34 posted on 07/15/2014 8:40:26 AM PDT by sheana
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To: bigbob
Couple of local dairy farmers have fully automated milking parlors. Illegal alien job reduction x%
35 posted on 07/15/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: SeekAndFind

Newspaper reporters as well as TV news reporters are being replaced by propagandists who slavishly regurgitate what they are told by the government. I would expect that both meter reader and postal worker jobs could be retained for decades by their unions just like steam locomotive firemen were riding in diesel locomotives...it was referred to as “featherbedding”.


36 posted on 07/15/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

There are already water meters that transmit data automatically to the central billing location. They aren’t prevalent but the market is growing 20%+ CAGR.


37 posted on 07/15/2014 8:45:17 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: KarlInOhio

Thank you. I hate it when we have to go to the article to see the whole list, when all I want is the list.


38 posted on 07/15/2014 8:45:31 AM PDT by Defiant (Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is Satan's John the Baptist, preparing the way.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How to make a small fortune in horses, start with a big one.


39 posted on 07/15/2014 8:45:49 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: sheana
The problem is he is lazy and doesn’t like to work.
40 posted on 07/15/2014 8:46:23 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Cold Heart

Exactly, LOL! :)


41 posted on 07/15/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SeekAndFind

4. Newspaper Reporter
BS job description: Collect and analyze facts and ignore them. Report lies and innuendo and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Median salary: $37,090


42 posted on 07/15/2014 10:12:07 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Wyatt's Torch
There are already water meters that transmit data automatically to the central billing location. They aren’t prevalent but the market is growing 20%+ CAGR.

All three of my meters (electric, gas and water) are remote read. The electric meter is outside so I didn't care whether it was remote or not, but the other two are inside my house so I had to schedule time away from work to have the meter read and I loved not having to mess with that anymore. The gas meter was such a nuisance that I had even considered paying to have it replumbed and moved outside just to avoid dealing with it.

43 posted on 07/15/2014 10:35:36 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: sheana

he would do well to go talk to some local reporters or news team members. The very low wage and long hours that all but a chosen few have to work in order to make a lower middle class living is something the “J” school professors don’t talk about. Everyone thinks they are going to end up being a national correspondent or 6 o’clock anchor desk resident. But, those people are a small percentage of the media that on average makes around $40K a year (less in small markets). If he is lazy, he is going to get a real shock at how competitive mid size and large markets are.


44 posted on 07/15/2014 10:57:34 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Baynative

I told him that the only ones who made any money are anchors and they are more personalities than reporters.
His answer was.....but this is what I like. I told his dad....he’ll never make enough to take care of hisself. He’s 29 and still lives at home with dad.


45 posted on 07/15/2014 12:05:34 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana
Unless it's changed quite a bit since I knew a reporter that covered local stories for FOX in a central California market 100 miles from the Bay Area - she was making about $13.00 per hour in 2003.

If your nephew is good looking maybe he can marry well. Joking aside, there have been plenty of creative people who succeeded with their own programs after being around the industry and meeting the right people.

46 posted on 07/15/2014 12:17:59 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Baynative

Actually him marrying well is our last hope. lol


47 posted on 07/15/2014 12:42:36 PM PDT by sheana
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