Mailman, farmer, reporter among endangered jobs

A US job search website has put mail carrier, farmer, metre reader, newspaper reporter and travel agent on its annual list of the most-endangered jobs, underscoring the changes in the job landscape triggered by evolving information and communications technologies.

CareerCast on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook based on the US Bureau of Labour Statistics. It designated the job of mail carrier as the most endangered with a projected decline of 28 per cent in hiring by 2022.

The website said the proliferation of online communication and immediate accessibility have profoundly impacted postal services. It noted that the decline in postal jobs over the coming decade is expected to be severe.

The job of farmer was the second-most endangered with an expected decline of 19 per cent in hiring by 2022. The website said that new technology allowed those already in farming to accomplish more with fewer resources and workers.

The job report also painted a grim outlook for metre readers, with an expected decline of 19 per cent in hiring. The implementation of remote-viewable metre readers allows utility companies to compile customer usage data without sending workers to the measuring sites, the report said.

The job of newspaper reporter is also highly endangered. The profession faces a projected 13 per cent decline in hiring in the coming years due to decreasing subscription and dwindling advertising sales, according to the website.

"Consumers are not simply eschewing reading the news, but rather are consuming their information online and not in print," CareerCast said in an article on its website.

Another endangered job is travel agent, with an expected decline in hiring of 12 per cent by 2022. The website explained that with travelers opting to arrange trips on their own or using online travel companies, fewer travel agents are needed.

Lumberjack jobs are also endangered with an expected decline of 9 per cent. The website noted that technological advances in the logging industry require fewer lumberjacks. The prospects for flight attendants were not good either with a possible decline of 7 per cent in hiring projections. The website cited cutbacks in the number of flights and more airline mergers.