Thanks in part to email, Facebook, and Twitter, mail carriers may be all but obsolete in the not-so-distant future.
By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% decline in postal-service jobs, about 136,000 fewer positions than 2014.
But mail carriers aren’t the only ones whose jobs are disappearing. Technology and market shifts have affected a variety of fields.
Based on the BLS’s occupational outlook data, here are 37 jobs that could be on their way out:
37. Computer operators
They monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data-processing equipment to process business, scientific, engineering, and other data according to operating instructions.
Median annual pay: $42,270
Number of people who held this job in the US in 2014: 61,100
Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2024: 49,500
Projected decline: 19%
36. Respiratory therapy technicians
They provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.
Median annual pay: $49,780
Number of people who held this job in the US in 2014: 10,700
Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2024: 8,700
Projected decline: 19.2%