Special Report

Jobs With the Worst Job Security


To identify the 34 jobs with the worst job security, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2018 unemployment rates for 330 occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We only considered occupations with a labor force of 50,000 or more. Unemployed members of an occupational labor force need to have been last employed in this occupation prior to unemployment.

Data on projected job growth from 2018 to 2028 and the typical entry-level education requirement for each occupation came from the BLS Employment Projections program. Data on median annual wage came from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program and are current as of May 2018. Annual wages exclude part-time workers in a given profession. Occupations that represent the remainder of a broader classification, defined by the BLS as “all other,” were excluded from our analysis.

Data on median annual wage, 10-year projected job growth, and typical educational attainment required were not always available from the BLS for the exact job listed. We used the data for the closest matching occupational categories in some of those cases when possible.

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