I know some of you get tired of hearing me go on about the importance of getting an education and learning new skills. But in doing some research last week, I stumbled upon the list of the 30 jobs expected to decline the most in the future. And you know what? A surprising number of these disappearing occupations are the very ones many ex-offenders I work with hope to get. So I thought it might be worth listing a few — not to be a downer — but as further evidence that I’m not making this up. To be smart, you may need to plan ahead for a very different future.
Jobs Projected Decline 2008 to 2018
1. Admistrative Assistants 11.6 %
2. File Clerks 23.4%
3. Shipping and Receiving 6.6%
4. Telemarketers 11.1%
5. Packers and Packagers 4.5%
6. Data Entry Keyers 6.1%
7. Switchboard Operators 10.9%
8. Order Clerks 26.1%
9. Information and Record Clerks 11.8%
10. Machine Feeders and Offbearers 22.2%
The average job is expected to grow 9 to 10 percent over the next ten years, so even a 6.6 percent decline in the number of shipping jobs is significant.
The only industries where low- and semi-skilled jobs are still increasing? Food service, custodial work and some service jobs.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out the list from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. You can also look at the 30 fastest growing occupations here. With the exception of about four categories, including home health care aides and personal aides, most of these newer jobs require at least a two-year associate’s degree.
So at the risk of repeating myself, think twice before you rule out getting additional education. Even if school wasn’t your thing, there are vocational training and certificate programs that are very practical and job-specific. Completing one of them could mean the difference between getting a job you can grow in and not getting a job at all. And as I’ve noted earlier, such training is often more affordable than you think.