Top 10 jobs most likely to shrink by 14 percent

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - While the U.S. job market is expected to add nearly 20 million jobs over the next decade, there are some occupations that are expected to decline considerably. The website 24/7 Wall St. has come up with the top 10 job categories most likely to shrink by at least 14 percent.

It is probably no surprise that postal workers top the list, but number 10 really stands out because it hits close to home.

Petroleum Pump System Operator jobs are expected to decline by 14 percent. Those are the people who control and operate the machinery and systems used in the processing and refining of petroleum.

On the other hand, the number of petroleum engineers is expected to increase by 17 percent.

The rest of the list is below:

Postal Workers

  1. Sewing Machine Ops
  2. Shoe and leather workers
  3. Communication Equipment Ops—telephone receptionists, etc.
  4. Semiconductor Processors
  5. Textile machine ops
  6. Coil Winders, tapers, finishers
  7. Prepress technicians and workers
  8. Desktop publishers
  9. Petroleum pump system ops, refinery operators and gaugers.

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