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2024 Prediction: Fewer USPS Jobs!

usps-mail-carrierWithin the next 8 years, we will see how new technologies are going to adversely  impact the U.S. workforce. Yes, it true! Both hardware and software innovations are major contributing factors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we will see a dramatic downsizing within certain professions, as automation continues to replace the worker.

Automation is not the only culprit in restructuring the future job market. Outsourcing of many desk jobs to India, China, and countries where the cost of living is radically less than that of the United States.

Some simple math should cause the average U.S. worker some concern. Compare the populations of the two largest countries with that of the United States:

  • China 1.357 billion (2013)
  • India 1.252 billion (2013)
  • United States 318.9 million (2014)

If only .24 to .26 percent of China’s or India’s brightest are schooled with an advanced understanding of our technologies, that workforce would be greater than the entire population of the United States. With the internet constantly expanding, these and many other countries, can and will have a dramatic impact on our economy.

Population Chart China India US

Below is an abbreviated list from U.S Department of Labor report titled, “Occupations with the largest job declines.”

For a more detailed compilation of job statistics, you can download the departments Excel spreadsheet: Link

Rank Job Average Salary 2014 Employment Numbers 2024 Projected Employment Decline
01 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks $37,000 1,760,000 1,612,000 149,000 (8%)
02 Cooks, fast food $19,000 524,000 444,000 80,000 (15%)
03 U.S. Postal Service mail carriers $58,000 297,000 219,000 78,000 (26%)
04 Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants $53,000 777,000 732,000 45,000 (6%)
05 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $20,000 470,000 427,000 43,000 (9%)
06 Sewing machine operators $23,000 154,000 112,000 42,000 (27%)
07 Bank Tellers $26,000 521,000 481,000 40,000 (8%)
08 U.S. Postal Service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators $57,000 118,000 78,000 40,000 (34%)
09 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic $31,000 192,000 153,000 40,000 (21%)
10 Switchboard operators, including answering service $27,000 112,000 76,000 37,000 (33%)