Within 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.
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%)|