Last year, CNBC.com covered disappearing occupations using a list provided by the Department of Labor. This year, we decided to pose the same topic to the online job resource SimplyHired.com. It compiled the following list by taking the occupations that most consistently declined in the number of job listings over the last eight months (January to August 2011). SimplyHired.com excluded from the results jobs that it believed had decreased listings primarily due to the economy (e.g., retailers, restaurant workers, etc.), but are not necessarily disappearing.
The list is ordered by number of months the occupation has declined in job listings over the last eight months, so that jobs featured in the first slides have been in decline the least amount of time, and the last slides show jobs that have been in decline every month so far this year. The jobs that have been in decline the longest are not necessarily "disappearing the fastest." Rather, jobs in the final slides have been declining the most in 2011.
Why are these jobs disappearing? “As technology continues to evolve and become integrated into our personal and professional lives, we’re seeing some cycling out of more traditional professions,” says Dion Lim, president and COO of SimplyHired. “But at SimplyHired, we’re confident that they will make a comeback in the long term. As jobs disappear, new professions will pop up—for example, there will soon be a need for over 50,000 professionals in the health-care IT industry, as electronic health record systems are rolled out. And companies like Facebook have spawned other companies, like Zynga, ultimately creating new jobs in professional fields that were previously unheard of.”
For each occupation, we supply the average salary reported on SimplyHired, keeping in mind the resource’s caveat: “Salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience, and benefits.” Additional analysis comes from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
So which jobs are disappearing the most in 2011? Click ahead and see if yours is one of them.
By Colleen KanePosted 14 September 2011