“Letter carrier” tops list of endangered jobs

To make room for the new, the old sometimes has to go. The job landscape is bustling with new opportunities in the information technology sector, but the proliferation of these distinctly 21st century jobs comes at the expense of other industries.

Take mail carrier, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered.

Mail carrier finished No. 200 out of 200 careers examined in the CareerCast 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook, with an expected decline of 28% by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, a shrinking market for newcomers to a profession doesn’t diminish its quality for those already working in the field. For example, when the U.S. Post Service reached its $15 billion borrowing limit in late 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers issued a statement pointing out their $25 billion surplus in pension funds. That’s great for current mail carriers, but the profession is rapidly contracting for postman wannabes.

Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper.

Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a NewspaperDeathWatch.com report.

Read more: Most Endangered Jobs of 2014 | CareerCast.com.

  • http://postalnews.com/ hollywood

    It’s like working in a buggy whip factory next to the company that makes phone booths .

  • Surprise!

    I think the problem is more of an insistence that the Postal Service sell buggy whips and nothing else.

    Moving goods and in some cases services is growing. companies want to move in and compete against the Postal Service and they are doing it.

  • joethemailman

    So where do all the vets work, Walmart?

  • gerry

    And if Letter Carriers are dwindling as your report states,then the organization should recognize the right of the worker to a fair severance package that will provide a check and maybe an incentive for them to leave.If supervisors and middle management can continue to get bonuses on the backs of Letter Carriers then there should not be any layoffs but there should be ab offer.The National Association of Letter Carriers remain the only Union that was not offered a package,the postmasters got checks ,the clerks got checks ,the mailhandlers got checks,and the supervisors got checks.The NALC should have taken the USPS to court as it was discriminatory to not offer such a package to Carriers.In fact they offered a package many years ago,without a check,that actually penalized the Carrier 2 percent for every year he was unser 55 and penalized them 2 percent for every year served that they were under thirty years.