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
Average salary: $23,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 77
Glaziers work with glass, installing and removing windows, and in other capacities. While the Department of Labor predicted average growth for the field between 2008 and 2018, the number of glazier job listings on SimplyHired has declined.
Average salary: $47,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 594
Foresters maintain, replenish, and conserve forested areas such as parks. Due to its seasonal nature, the profession has ups and downs in job availability, but it is expected to experience average growth from 2008 through 2018, the Department of Labor says.
Average salary: $52,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 646
Architects design houses, other buildings, and interiors, using computer graphics programs, three-dimensional models, and other tools. One aspect negatively impacting what would otherwise be a flourishing field is the overseas outsourcing of building design, according to the Department of Labor.
Average salary: $48,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 90
Data entry keyers are a specialized subset of data entry workers who input lists of items or data. The Department of Labor predicted a moderate decline in employment of data entry workers, down 6 percent between 2008 and 2018, due to new technologies and the acceptance of workers inputting their own data.
Average salary: $27,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 45
Professionals with these titles review the applications of consumers applying for credit. The Department of Labor predicted a slower than average growth of 3 percent for the period between 2008 and 2018.
Average salary: $35,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 3,222
Pronouncements of the death of print media have been premature, but with the rise of digital media, the journalism and media fields have been in a period of upheaval. The Department of Labor predicted a moderate decline for news analysts, reporters, and correspondents between 2008 and 2018, and that forecast seems accurate so far.
Average salary: $18,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: approx. 1,800
These workers tend to property, including maintaining lawns and the installation of plants and trees. While the number of employment listings in this field is declining on SimplyHired, the Department of Labor predicts employment to increase 18 percent between 2008 and 2018. One factor in the increased demand is the trend of planting trees in urban areas to help the environment.
Average salary: $30,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 1
Projection operators run the projectors, audio, and rewinding equipment for movie theaters. New job openings are rare (see total new job listing above) and the few that are offered typically are union jobs, requiring a high school diploma, minimum age of 18, and a one year to two year apprenticeship.
Average salary: $30,000
Total job listings on SimplyHired: 91
Appliance repair technicians install and fix home appliances, such as washers and dryers, dishwashers, and microwave ovens. The Department of Labor projects only a 2 percent increase in employment in this profession in the next 10 years, due to a dearth of qualified applicants.
Average salary: $73,000
Total job listings on Simply Hired: 3,149
Aerospace engineers are responsible for designing and constructing aircraft and spacecraft. Although this profession showed the most declines in job openings on SimplyHired, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook says that after many years of decline, the amount of degrees issued in aerospace engineering has begun to climb, and an increase of 10 percent (which is about average) is expected over the next decade.