15 Worst Jobs to Have in 2017

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If you currently have one of these 15 jobs, it might be time to start looking | iStock.com/Rawpixel

The beginning of a new year is always a good time for changes and your career is no exception. Occupations in health care and IT are set to grow in demand this year, making them some of the best careers for 2017. On the other hand, mail carriers and fast food workers will continue to see available jobs in their field diminish. If you’re currently employed in one of the following 15 jobs, you might want to start looking.

1. Taxi Driver

Taxis on 7th Avenue at Times Square

Median pay for taxi drivers only hovers around $23,210 | iStock.com/batuhanozdel

With ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft taking over major cities like New York, the days of traditional cabbies are numbered. While Careercast still has the growth outlook for the job at 13%, median pay only hovers around $23,210. And giving up a union for an app isn’t bound to help that much given Uber has already started launching its self-driving car service and others are sure to follow.

2. Federal Employee

Businessman standing in front of a wall of binders

The new administration poses several threats to federal employment | iStock.com/Pixfly

Working for the federal government has long been seen as one of the safest career paths but that’s all about to change. According to The Washington Post, the new administration has promised to end automatic raises for many employees, make it easier to fire federal employees, and slash a number of departments. A number of agencies have rushed to fill open positions before the impending hiring freezes but if you’re thinking about switching careers now, it’s probably too late.  

3. Freelancer

Female working on a laptop at a cafe

While employers would be able to hire more freelance employees, that might not be a good thing | iStock.com/jacoblund

While deregulation under President-Elect Donald Trump could help employers hire more freelance employees, that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Moreover, as Fast Company reports, many freelancers were provided a safety net under the Affordable Care Act, something that Congress is already trying to actively dismantle.

4. Mail Carrier

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The projected job growth rate for mail carriers is not good | iStock.com/comzeal

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth rate for mail carriers in 2014 was negative 28%. Pair that with impending cuts in federal jobs and you can start to see why this job made our list.

5. Disc Jockey

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The projected job growth for radio DJs in 2016 was negative 11% | iStock.com/DragonImages

If video killed the radio star, podcasts have put one of the final nails in the profession’s coffin. CareerCast reported in 2016 the growth outlook for the job was negative 11% so you better save your playlist making skills for Spotify.

6. Retail Sales

Shop assistants standing in a store aisle

The median salary for the position is still a meager $21,670| iStock.com/XiXinXing

While CareerCast predicted growth for the industry around 7% last year, the median salary for the position is still a meager $21,670. A 2016 study by UPS found that for the first time ever more than half of customers do their shopping online. As online retail grows it can be expected that retail jobs will become less and less lucrative.

7. Newspaper Reporter

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The professions has been previously listed as one of the most endangered jobs | iStock.com/wellphoto

Things have been rocky for newspapers ever since print advertising began to decline and, despite big players like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos venturing into the business, the numbers aren’t getting better. In 2016 the job was on Career Cast’s list of most endangered jobs for the third year in the row. 

8. Logger

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Logging is considered the deadliest job in America | iStock.com/ilze79

With the construction industry still slow and most content moving to digital, the need for the work of loggers now has a negative growth outlook according to CareerCast. Even though logging is considered the deadliest job in America, the median salary for the occupation is only $35,160.

9. Truck Driver

A truck driver smiles from the cab of his truck.

Autonomous vehicles threaten the future of this profession | iStock.com/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

The average salary for a truck driver has dropped over 50% in the past two decades to a mere $40,000. Unfortunately, as with taxi drivers, autonomous vehicles are about to make prospects for the job even worse. In October, Uber made its first beer delivery with Otto’s self-driving trucks. Tesla founder Elon Musk has also hinted that within a few years Tesla will have autonomous trucks with no need for a driver. While Musk said Tesla’s autonomous trucks will still need a “fleet manager” to lead them, it won’t be a one-to-one replacement.

10. Computer Programmer

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Programmer Working Busy Software | iStock.com/Rawpixel Ltd

Even with startups receiving less funding than in previous years, programmers can still manage to rack up six-figure salaries straight out of college. Surprisingly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for the field is at negative 8%. Programmers should enjoy their free snacks and other perks while they still can because the BLS predicts that in the next eight years programming jobs will become scarcer in the United States as companies outsource to cheaper labor in foreign countries.

11. Fast Food

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A higher minimum wage threatens job security in the fast food industry | iStock.com/lisafx

While advocates have been successful in pushing the minimum wage toward $15 in states including California and New York, the average salary for a fast food worker is still $8 an hour. Former CEO of McDonalds Ed Rensi warned in Forbes that higher minimum wages led to increased use of automated kiosks for the company, further threatening workers in the industry.

12. Manufacturing

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Manufacturing jobs have been disappearing from America since 2000 | iStock.com/shironosov

While experts are in disagreement over how quickly factory jobs will become automated in the future, the reality is America has still lost five million factory jobs since 2000. Even if these jobs do come back, workers in the field are better off gaining new technological skills to keep up with the changing industry.

13. Floral Designer

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Floral departments in grocery stores are still growing, but standalone shops might not survive | iStock.com/DragonImages

Since 2000, floral design jobs have seen a negative 25.6% decline and projected job growth for the next decade is a bleak 16.6%. While positions working in floral departments in grocery stores are still growing, if you’ve ever dreamed of opening your own flower shop you might be out of luck.

14. Photo Processor

Photographer at work in a darkroom

Photographer at work in a darkroom | iStock.com/36clicks

Digital cameras have become ubiquitous meaning that the average American no longer has to rely on professional photo processing. Home printers haven’t completely put processors out of work for higher quality prints, but with Kiplinger reporting a negative 1.2% expected job growth in the next decade, things are far from picture perfect.

15. Tailor

tailor measuring back of jacket worn by his client

Tailor measuring back of jacket worn by his client | iStock.com/shironosov

With online shopping making it easier to find the right size or custom clothing, the incentive to hire a tailor is low. The job growth for the occupation in the next decade is  negative 5.3%, according to Kiplinger.