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10 Dying Professions Job Hunters Should Avoid

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The U.S. job market is steadily improving, yet many Americans are still struggling to get hired. And if they work in dying professions, that may be the case not only today but also in the years ahead. The challenge will be particularly big for job seekers with limited education. Employment opportunities will be fewer for those who lack coveted degrees and training, and the pay will be lower.

We analyzed 784 popular occupations, looking at which jobs have been adding to their ranks over the past decade and which are projected to continue the trend into the next decade. We also looked at recent hiring demand for each occupation. We favored bigger salaries, of course, but also promising careers that require lower levels of education to get started. After all, a good-paying job that doesn't require a college degree saves on student loans and earns you a paycheck faster.

Despite that advantage, jobs calling for just a high school education or less littered the bottom of our rankings. (By contrast, all of our picks for the best jobs for the future require at least an associate's degree to get started.) "It's bad news for people who only have a high school degree," says Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He notes that the U.S. economy has moved from being production-based to service-based, with a rising need for professionals in finance, information systems, education and health care—"all of which require high-skill, higher-educated workers," he says.

Take a look at our picks for the 10 worst jobs for the future.

Unless otherwise noted, all employment data was provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a labor-market research firm owned by CareerBuilder. EMSI collects data from more than 90 federal, state and private sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of jobs listed is for 2014. Ten-year job-growth figures, both historical and projected, represent the percent change in the total number of jobs in an occupation between the start of the period and the end of the period. Annual earnings were calculated by multiplying median hourly earnings by 2,080, the standard number of hours worked in a year by a full-time employee.

10 Dying Professions Job Hunters Should Avoid



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