Which U.S. Jobs Are Disappearing Fastest?

A long list of U.S. jobs are being rendered obsolete by technological advancements and automation. Which workers are most at risk?

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Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, locomotive firer is the job set to shrink the most over the coming decade. A locomotive firer is responsible for monitoring instruments on trains as well as watching for signals and dragging equipment. The workforce is small, numbering 1,700 in 2014. By 2024, however, that is going to decrease even further to just 500, a decline of 70 percent.

Motor vehicle electionic equipment installers and repairers are also set to see their ranks decimated by 2024. 11,500 of them were employed in the U.S. in 2014 and a decade later, that is expected to fall sharply to 5,800. Telephone operators are the third most endangered profession in America with their numbers expected to drop 42.4 percent by 2024.


BrutusTheBomber Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:11 Permalink

My company has about 25 useless engineers out of 80 total employees.And I keep hearing about a shortage.I got 24 for anyone who's short. I would keep 1 seriously, just 1. These are the most useless unproductive employees I've ever had the displeasure of working with. You can have them.

Endgame Napoleon BrutusTheBomber Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:25 Permalink

How about the sales unit? Do you prefer hard workers who actually come to work every day and stay all day, getting new business and retaining it? Or, do you prefer the babyvacationing momma work clique that can accept low pay due to their unearned income from spouses, ex spouses or taxpayers? They'll accept pay between $9 and $12/hr in exchange for extremely liberal absenteeism policies for working moms. That group is rarely nice and often composed of a bunch of bullies who waste a lot of work time delivering catty digs, but ironically, also needs to be coddled with a lot of saccharine activities, like workday bulletin-board decorating contests with a baby theme. Would you regard such workers as useless, or are you like most government and private-sector employers?

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Big Twinkie Semi-employed … Fri, 06/02/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

If they are are really that useless then whoever is doing the hiring is far worse than useless.From my personal experience it's the engineering managers who suck.  I've had over 30 engineering jobs, mostly contract jobs, but in more than half the cases, there is absolutely nothing to do.  The permanent positions were worse than the contract jobs.  I don't know why, but most managers seem to have no idea how long it takes to do a job, how to get the job done, or what it looks like when it's done right. 

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yogibear Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:14 Permalink

Who needs jobs anymore when you have the Federal Reserve that can print trillions to buy US treasuries and then make them disappear?The treasry can give every household a $100,000.The Fed is playing a stronger con game every day. All about perception.Use those paper gold shares to naked short to keep it in check.So many plates spinning. 

TheRideNeverEnds Erwin643 Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:01 Permalink

And buy the dips.

You can turn a few thousand into a million within a year in the futures market. Every time they go down just buy em. Sell when they are back to making new highs. New highs are a given. If you want to be conservative just but them when they are red and sell them when they go green again.

It's literally free money.

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MaxThrust Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:22 Permalink

The advance of automation will continue. The politicians will eventually get involve to save the worker. The politicians will propose "smoke & Mirrors" to stay in office. Even they know that automation makes sense. The really hard question to answer is what do all the workers do who have no work.

I have always said people will be paid to stay at home and play video games or do drugs as long as they don't cause trouble.

And this is before we get androids which is inevitable. Humanity is going to face some really tough situations in the future. I am just happy I won't be alive to have to deal with it.

hardmedicine Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:31 Permalink

i don't see the manufactured mobile and prefab homes going down.  .......... i don't see that at all.As for the one missing is starbucks Barista.  Was reading an article this weekend lamenting the poor Barista's lack of appreciation for their skills and service while they are working short staffed.......... all for 12$ an hour with full benefits.  I was thinking that it would be automated really soon and there would be no benefits necessary.

The Gladiator hardmedicine Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:42 Permalink

Mobile home business has all but evaporated. This is from experience. My family has been involved with it since the 1960's. I was the last holdout until 2004 when I just didn't see my way clear to make it. There were around 100 dealers in the northern half of my state,and all were turning a substancial profit until then. I even made money in the early '80's when they were financed at rates as high as 27%. (Yep. People bought them at that high rate). That business is dead and buried.

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indygo55 hardmedicine Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:52 Permalink

Really! The list it BULL SHIT. Locomotive? There are 1400 now and that number is going down? Who the fuck cares? Why not include Hocky stick tapers? Jobs are changing more then they are going away and its because of the determination of people not corporations. I was a 3D CAD expert and the company went bust. Now I draw different parts for two small companies that used to make parts on manual machines and they bought used CNC machines and they only use a small part of the capabilities because they don't use 3D CAD. So I step in and I draw and output the CAM and drive to their shops, upload the programs, set the tools and fixtures, show the remaining operators, who never have used CNC how to load, unload, inspect and they make parts. And the parts are different now too. So its changing more then it is going away. Don't get me wrong. A lot of jobs are gone. But if you are a survivor and you have a real marketable skill that makes something, and you don't just want to sit at a fucking desk all day making phone calls to people like me trying to sell some bull shit service that is a scam, or you want to push paper all day hoping that by befriending the manager your "job" is safe, then there is a place for you somewhere. Just keep looking and trying. Some will survive and some wont. 

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northern vigor Thu, 06/01/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

Locomotive firers?  They scrapped the steam engines and went to diesel in 1960...I suppose it's time to get rid of them, poor bastards must be almost 80-90 years old.