3 Endangered Jobs for 2015
Out with the old, and in with the new! While some industries are thriving in 2015, and anticipating further growth, other professions are struggling to stay relevant. Growth in the tech industry, for example, has been easy to understand and anticipate. But, other industries are paying a price for the changes technology has brought.
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Recently, CareerCast released their annual Jobs Rated report, which analyzes careers using various measurable criteria. Two-hundred jobs were ranked from best to worst through examining various factors like work environment, stress, and hiring outlook. The jobs toward the bottom of this list tell us something about which industries will struggle to stay afloat in 2015. These endangered jobs are anticipating steep declines in the years to come.
Here are the top endangered jobs for 2015.
1. Mail Carrier (average hourly wage – $17.65)
Finishing dead last for projected growth outlook, the job of mail carrier is expected to decline of 28 percent by 2022. For those already working in the field, the $25 billion surplus in pension funds indicated by the National Association of Letter Carriers is quite a comfort. But, those who aspire to become carriers might find it pretty difficult to find an open position in 2015, and beyond.
2. Farmer (average annual salary – $32,592)
Improvements in technology allow farmers to accomplish more with fewer workers. Additionally, changes in supply and demand have impacted the market and prices, and implementing the new Farm Bill has come with its own set of new challenges and opportunities for farmers in 2015. Farming will always be important and relevant work, but the industry will be making some major adjustments in the years to come that will have a big impact on the profession.
3. Meter Reader (average hourly wage – $13.64)
Once again, technology is the culprit. New remote-viewable meter readers allow utility companies to manage data without sending workers to the site. As the use of these systems expands, fewer meter readers will be needed.
See the complete top 10 list of most endangered jobs for more information.
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Gina Belli works as a teacher, freelance writer, and educational consultant, and lives in her beloved home state, Connecticut. She likes to write about education, work-life balance, and the economy. Given her arresting capacity to over-analyze anything interpersonal, her writing often tends to focus on some of the more emotional aspects of workplace connections and disconnections, as they relate to partnerships and teams, personality and communication styles, and leadership. In her free time, she likes to putter around her renovated one-room schoolhouse home, take walks in the woods, and eat as much guacamole as she can get her hands on.