Special Report

These Are the 24 Jobs You Are Most Likely to Lose

Methodology

To identify the jobs you are most likely to quit, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the annual average projected job separations rate for the period 2018 to 2028 for over 700 detailed occupations tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program. Annual average separation rates represent the percentage of workers projected to permanently leave an occupation each year and are the sum of labor force exits and occupational transfers. Employment projections were released in 2019 and do not reflect the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the economy. 

Supplemental data on educational attainment rates for 2016 to 2017 and typical education requirements by occupation also came from the BLS Employment Projections program. Median annual wage for each job in 2019 came from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program. Seasonally adjusted sector-level separation rates came from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey program.

Total separations includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Total separations is referred to as turnover. Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Therefore, the quits rate can serve as a measure of workers’ willingness or ability to leave jobs. Layoffs and discharges are involuntary separations initiated by the employer. Other separations include separations due to retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same company.

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