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These Are the 24 Jobs You Are Most Likely to Lose

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4. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants
> Annual total occupational separations rate, 2018-28: 23.0%
> Employment, 2018: 18,500
> Employment, 2028: 19,700
> 10-yr projected employment chg.: +1,200 (+6.7%)
> Median annual wage: $25,110

Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants are among the most likely members of the workforce to leave their job. According to BLS projections, over one in every five Americans working as attendants will either exit the workforce or move to a new line of work every year until 2028.

As is the case with many jobs on this list, locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants are not especially well paid. The median annual wage for the occupation is just $25,110, compared to the median of $39,810 across all occupations.

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3. Amusement and recreation attendants
> Annual total occupational separations rate, 2018-28: 23.0%
> Employment, 2018: 338,600
> Employment, 2028: 364,400
> 10-yr projected employment chg.: +25,800 (+7.6%)
> Median annual wage: $23,370

Amusement and recreation attendants work in places like amusement parks or sports stadiums, performing any number of duties, including selling tickets or concessions, providing information, or directing patrons to their seats. Like many jobs on this list, work in this occupation is often repetitive, and compensation is relatively low. The median annual wage for amusement and recreation attendants is just $23,370 — well below the median of $39,810 across all occupations.

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2. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
> Annual total occupational separations rate, 2018-28: 24.1%
> Employment, 2018: 151,800
> Employment, 2028: 162,400
> 10-yr projected employment chg.: +10,700 (+7.0%)
> Median annual wage: $23,420

Nearly one in every four people working as lifeguards, ski patrol, or other recreational protective service workers will leave their job in the next year. High turnover in these occupations is likely due in part to the seasonal nature of such jobs.

Like many jobs on this list, occupations in recreational protective services can be stressful and dangerous. These workers are often expected to administer first aid and rescue people from hazardous situations. Compensation is also relatively low. The median annual wage for these occupations is just $23,420 — well below the median of $39,810 across all occupations.

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1. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
> Annual total occupational separations rate, 2018-28: 24.3%
> Employment, 2018: 136,400
> Employment, 2028: 140,600
> 10-yr projected employment chg.: +4,200 (+3.1%)
> Median annual wage: $23,500

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers are more likely to leave their job in the next year, voluntarily or otherwise, than workers in any other occupation. According to the BLS, nearly one in every four Americans in the profession will either exit the workforce or move to a new career in the next year.

The primary responsibilities of ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers include collecting admission passes for shows or events, showing patrons to their seats, and looking for lost articles — repetitive work that requires little in the way of training or formal education. The median annual wage for these workers is just $23,500 — well below the median of $39,810 across all occupations. Cancellations of live performances during the COVID-19 pandemic have likely driven many ushers and ticket takers into new careers. The BLS’s projected turnover rate for the profession may therefore be too low to accurately reflect the current reality.

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