If you’re on the search for a new job, researching your industry (or a prospective new industry) is important. There are career paths that are growing, offering up all kinds of crazy perks, high salaries, and opportunity to advance. On the flip side, there are industries that are contracting or going through tremendous change, be it through outsourcing, automation, or otherwise. You wouldn’t want to waste your time looking for jobs that offer little promise for the future, which is why you need to make sure you’re looking for jobs in the right place or industry.
Of course, when you’re looking for jobs, you might be in a position in which you can’t be very choosy. You need a job because the rent doesn’t pay itself and because you need to eat. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all worked awful jobs to make ends meet. But if you have a little more wiggle room, or maybe you have an awful job and want something better, researching growth industries should at least help you set your sights on a more promising future.
But we’re not discussing those growth industries; in fact, we’re going to highlight contracting industries or those that are shedding jobs and opportunities. If you work in one of them, you should probably take stock of your situation and gauge your job security. If you don’t, you may want to focus your job search elsewhere.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are 10 jobs and career paths that are experiencing the highest negative growth rates.