State of the art technology, Google, and even Amazon are putting a lot of workers out of jobs. It’s now easier than ever to ask Siri for a phone number and have everything you need delivered right to your front doorstep. As for paying bills, writing a check and stamping an envelope is a thing of the past. While other industries are growing, the bottom line is automation is taking over and certain industries are feeling the impact.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2026 some trades will be nearly extinct. Here are 15 of the fastest-disappearing jobs in America.
15. Electrical equipment assemblers
- Projected decline: -20.7%
Cutting, twisting, and reconnecting wires hardly covers the job description of electrical equipment assemblers. From reading the blueprints and electrical plans for homes and aircrafts, it’s strange that this trade seems to be disappearing. From 2016 to 2026, electrical equipment assembly jobs are expected to decline by over 20%. That means the 218,000 current jobs will reduce down to 173,000.
Next: How do you pay your bills?
- Projected decline: -20.9%
It’s no surprise that Amazon Prime and online billing is putting postmasters out of work. These days, customers opt to receive bills via email, which means they never have to set foot out their homes. By 2026, postmaster and mail superintendent jobs are expected to decrease by 3,000. That’s a 20.9% decrease.
Next: Entering data won’t require human beings for much longer
13. Data entry keyers
- Projected decline: -21.1%
No longer is there a major need for an individual to input data by hand. Techies have created programs that interpret data automatically, essentially taking away the human aspect. In 2015, the growth rate for data entry keyer positions was -4%. By 2026, keyer positions are expected to fall by over 43,000 jobs.
Next: Another electrical field bites the dust
12. Electromechanical equipment assemblers
- Projected decline: -21.3%
By 2026, electromechanical equipment assembler jobs are expected to decrease by nearly 10,000. That’s a 21% decrease. Nevertheless, the states with the highest level of employment within the field are Texas, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Next: Pushing cars through mine shafts isn’t as lucrative anymore
11. Mine shuttle car operators
- Projected decline: -21.9%
The mining industry has experienced drastic declines altogether. And while there were only 1,500 mine shuttle car operators nationwide in 2016, that number is expected to fall to 1,200 by 2026. That’s a 22% decrease in car operator jobs.
Next: No need for operator assistance
10. Telephone operators
- Projected decline: -22.6%
There’s no need for telephone operators when you can just Google it. Surprisingly, over 9,000 telephone operator jobs existed in 2016. However, that number is expected to drop nearly 23% by 2026, leaving only 7,000 positions.
Next: Humans are being taken out of the mix when it comes to computers
9. Computer operators
- Projected decline: -22.9%
Once again, computer operations have become more automatic, and the need for an actual human being monitoring and controlling computer systems continues to greatly diminish. Employment in the field is expected to drop from 51,500 to less than 40,000 by 2026. That’s a 23% decline.
Next: It’s robotics that’ll take over this industry.
8. Metal pourers and casters
- Projected decline: -23.4%
As machines become more and more automated, the need for human control continues to decline. That’s exactly the case for molten metal workers. Of the 8,400 employed in the field, only 6,500 jobs will exist by 2026.
Next: Fancy machinery replaces human beings.
7. Foundry mold and coremakers
- Projected decline: -24%
The creation of wax and sand molds and cores for metal castings aren’t expected to need as many human beings running the show. A 24% decrease in the growth rate means employment in the field will fall from 12,500 down to 9,500.
Next: The press of a button simplifies that process
6. Motor vehicle electronic equipment installers
- Projected decline: -25.2%
Once again, nearly everything in the production and installation realm can happen with the touch of a couple of buttons. And unfortunately, that means a lot of individuals will be out of a job. Employment for motor vehicle electronic equipment installers is expected to drop from 12,000 to 9,000 by 2026.
Next: Timepieces have changed
5. Watch repairers
- Projected decline: -28.7%
Instead of wearing a watch, people are using smartphones as their timepieces. And because of that, watch repairers are certainly taking a hit. The employment rate in the field is expected to drop by a whopping 29% by 2026.
Next: These days, everyone’s a typist.
- Projected decline: -33.4%
In today’s day and age, children are taught from a very early age how to properly use the qwerty keyboard. As a result, professional typists have lost their edge. In fact, word processors and typists are experiencing quite a decline in the employment growth rate. By 2026, employment is expected to fall from nearly 75,000 down to 50,000. That’s a 33% decline.
Next: Parking kiosks reduce the need for so many meter maids
3. Parking enforcers
- Projected decline: -35.3%
We all know them, and certainly many of us have fallen guilty to parking offenses. However, your luck may be changing, since employment in the industry is significantly dropping. By 2026, employment for parking enforcers is expected to drop by 35%.
Next: Are nurse practitioners and RNs taking over these roles?
2. Respiratory therapist techs
- Projected decline: -56.3%
As the runner-up for the fastest disappearing jobs, respiratory therapist technicians are seeing an alarming 56% decline in job growth. By 2026, techs can expect employment in the field to drop from 11,000 down to 4,600 jobs.
Next: These folks may be searching for employment a little further on down the tracks.
1. Locomotive firers
- Projected decline: -78.6%
Tending to a locomotive is a big job, however, the professional seems to be dying. As the fastest disappearing job of all, firers can expect to see a 78% decline in the employment growth rate. That means employment in the field will decrease from 1,200 jobs down to 300 by 2026.