The 10 most endangered jobs in America

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Are robots really taking away jobs from humans? Yes and no.

The good news is there will probably be an increase in hiring opportunities in most jobs over the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and some economists.

The bad news is that some jobs are falling prey to automation as well as to changing consumer habits.

Jobs platform CareerCast compiled data from the BLS and its own list of 200 common jobs to figure out which careers have the bleakest growth outlook from 2014 to 2024.

Here are 10 fields that are expected to shrink the most over the next several years:

10. Computer programmer

Projected growth outlook: -8%

Median annual income: $79,530

Computer programmers in the U.S. won’t be losing job opportunities to computers but to other professionals from different countries whose wages are lower.

Since computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, companies may increasingly hire programmers in countries where wages are lower, according to the BLS.

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9. Newspaper reporter

Projected growth outlook: -8%

Median annual income: $36,360

More newsrooms are implementing systems that automate parts of the editorial process, fueling the negative growth outlook. But the reduction of jobs for journalists is not all technology’s fault.

“Consumer habits will dictate the impact that has on the newspaper industry,” the CareerCast report says, “since a program cannot provide the same firsthand detail and experience an on-site reporter can. Readers choosing to consume news from the direct source will directly impact that trend.”

In other words, if more people choose to pay for the content they consume, the profession may stabilize.

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8. Broadcaster

Projected growth outlook: -9%

Median annual income: $37,720

Since more young people are consuming content on social media and online platforms and less from TV, advertising revenue is following the trend.

Declining ad revenue may impact many media companies’ ability to hire.

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7. Seamstress/tailor

Projected growth outlook: -9%

Median annual income: $25,830

With the rise of less expensive “fast fashion” brands, many consumers are opting to purchase new clothes instead of repairing or adjusting the clothes they have.

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6. Insurance underwriter

Projected growth outlook: -11%

Median annual income: $65,040

Automated underwriting software can process applications more quickly, potentially reducing the need for individual underwriters.

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5. Jeweler

Projected growth outlook: -11%

Median annual income: $37,060

As more jewelry is made in factories and more consumers opt to purchase trendy pieces as opposed to fixing their old jewelry, employment prospects for jewelers may decline.

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4. Disc jockey

Projected growth outlook: -11%

Median annual income: $30,080

With the rise of services like Spotify and iTunes, many clubs and other venues may opt to plug in their iPhones rather than hire a DJ.

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3. Meter reader

Projected growth outlook: -15%

Median annual income: $38,510

While many homeowners still have a professional come to check their gas tank or electricity information, more companies are automating by instituting technologies that can process this information off-site.

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2. Typist/word processor

Projected growth outlook: -18%

Median annual income: $37,610

As more professionals use automated transcription programs to type up conversations, this profession is expected to contract nearly 20 percent.

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1. Mail carrier

Projected growth outlook: -28%

Median annual income: $56,790

The postal worker is the most endangered profession in America, according to CareerCast.

“The field began changing in the early part of the 2000s, as more Americans communicated through email and text messaging, abandoning the traditional letter when reaching out to friends and family,” the report says.

Moving forward, however, a different kind of technology is expected to hit the profession hard: The automation of mail sorting and processing.

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If you have one of these jobs, don’t panic.

“The good news is none of these jobs will disappear,” CareerCast editor Kyle Kensing tells CNBC. “That said, the market for these jobs will be increasingly competitive.”

Focus on getting even better at what you do, or consider learning a skill employers are looking for right now.

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