10 Dying Professions Job Hunters Should Avoid Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/busine


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10 Dying Professions Job Hunters Should Avoid Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/busine

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The U.S. job market is steadily improving, yet many Americans are still struggling to get hired. And if they work in dying professions, that may be the case not only today but also in the years ahead. The challenge will be particularly big for job seekers with limited education. Employment opportunities will be fewer for those who lack coveted degrees and training, and the pay will be lower.

We analyzed 784 popular occupations, looking at which jobs have been adding to their ranks over the past decade and which are projected to continue the trend into the next decade. We also looked at recent hiring demand for each occupation. We favored bigger salaries, of course, but also promising careers that require lower levels of education to get started. After all, a good-paying job that doesn't require a college degree saves on student loans and earns you a paycheck faster.

Despite that advantage, jobs calling for just a high school education or less littered the bottom of our rankings. (By contrast, all of our picks for the best jobs for the future require at least an associate's degree to get started.) "It's bad news for people who only have a high school degree," says Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He notes that the U.S. economy has moved from being production-based to service-based, with a rising need for professionals in finance, information systems, education and health care—"all of which require high-skill, higher-educated workers," he says.



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