10 Disappearing Careers

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Everyone knows the economy is in transition and once thriving industries are quickly vanishing, a victim of new technology and global shifts. But which jobs are dying off the fastest? Which ones should young job seekers and career changers avoid? AOL Jobs mined the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), coming up with a list of the 10 fastest shrinking careers.

First some good news: overall, the U.S. is projected to add a 20.5 million new jobs by the end of the decade, according to BLS projections. In fact, roughly nine out of the ten occupations tracked by the BLS are expected to see net growth between 2010-2020 (read our story of the fastest-growing industries). But what about the other ten percent? See below for ten most endangered careers:

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10 Disappearing Careers
Percent drop-off: 2.6 percent
2010 workers: 764,400
Projected 2020 workers: 727,300
Percent drop-off: 3.6 percent
2010 workers: 530,400
Projected 2020 workers: 511,400

Percent drop-off: 6.8 percent
2010 workers: 234,700
Projected 2020 workers: 218,800

Percent drop-off: 8.0 percent
2010 workers: 1,202,500
Projected 2020 workers: 1,106,400

Percent drop-off: 11.5 percent
2010 workers: 115,300
Projected 2020 workers: 102,100
Percent drop-off: 12.0 percent
2010 workers: 316,700
Projected 2020 workers: 278,500
Percent drop-off: 23.3 percent
2010 workers: 142,500
Projected 2020 workers: 109,300

Percent drop-off: 25.8 percent
2010 workers: 163,200
Projected 2020 workers: 121,100

Percent drop-off: 48.2 percent
2010 workers: 142,000
Projected 2020 workers: 73,000
Percent drop-off: 48.5 percent
2010 workers: 142,000
Projected 2020 workers: 73,000

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