Special Report

10 Disappearing Middle Class Jobs

7. Door-to-door sales workers and news and street vendors
> Projected employment change, 2012-2022:
: -15.3%
> 2012 employment: 92,700
> 2012 median annual wage: $21,470

With the increasing popularity of online shopping and decreasing sales of newspapers and magazines, door-to-door sales workers and news vendors are a declining occupation. These salespeople hawk their wares either door-to-door or at street newsstands. In some localities, such as New York City, street vendors must be licensed with preference given to disabled veterans. The number of door-to-door sales workers and news and street vendors, who need only a high school diploma or equivalent, is expected to decline nationally 19,500 through 2022.

6. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders
> Projected employment change, 2012-2022:
: -15.9%
> 2012 employment: 74,900
> 2012 median annual wage: $32,330

The workers in this occupation generally set up metal and plastic machines that cut, shape and form metal and plastic pieces and materials. Like many other declining occupations, these tasks are now frequently automated with the use of computer-controlled machinery. In response to the pressure to increase efficiency, computer control programmers are frequently hired instead of machine setters. Although this occupation involves using specialized machinery, it requires a high school diploma or equivalent with moderate-term on-the-job training. The number of these jobs is expected to drop 11,900 through 2022.

5. Information and record clerks
> Projected employment change, 2012-2022:
: -16.7%
2012 employment: 188,900
2012 median annual wage: $37,240

Information clerks perform routine clerical chores such as maintaining records and files, collecting and maintaining data, and assisting both internal and external customers with information. The job generally requires no more than a high school diploma and involves short-term on-the-job training. By 2022, the number of information and record clerk positions is expected to decline by 16,700 jobs, as more and more of these clerical chores are automated through the use of computerized retrieval or filing systems.