Want to know where the jobs will (and won't) be in 2021?

Emsi growth areas

Top growing and declining jobs over the next five years by wage category - according to CareerBuilder and Emsi data.

Not every occupation can add new jobs as the economy grows. Some are being replaced by advances in technology – like travel agents and printing press operators, while other jobs are lost due to a shift in public behavior – like how doing your taxes online will lead to less demand of accountants.

According to CareerBuilder and Emsi research, high-wage and low-wage occupations are each projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2021, but middle-wage jobs are only estimated to grow 3 percent. At the same time, 61 percent of the 173 occupations expected to lose jobs over the next five years are in the middle-wage category.

"If we can't find a way to re-skill and up-skill workers at scale, middle-wage workers will become increasingly susceptible to unemployment or will have to move into lower-paying roles that may not support them and their families," says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "This can have a negative ripple effect on consumer spend, housing, investing and other key financial indicators."

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Here are the jobs projected to add and lose the most over the next five years:

Growing High-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Software Developers, Applications

772,195

861,122

88,927

12%

Computer Systems Analysts

600,001

671,245

71,244

12%

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

532,336

590,363

58,027

11%

Management Analysts

798,484

870,713

72,229

9%

Registered Nurses

2,870,340

3,116,957

246,617

9%

Declining High-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Postal Service Mail Carriers

303,325

279,023

(24,302)

(8%)

Reporters and Correspondents

47,501

44,063

(3,438)

(7%)

Construction Managers

368,245

350,774

(17,471)

(5%)

Real Estate Sales Agents

415,006

400,417

(14,589)

(4%)

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

622,435

617,020

(5,415)

(1%)

Growing Middle-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Medical Assistants

631,435

701,056

69,621

11%

Customer Service Representatives

2,674,925

2,846,989

172,064

6%

Maintenance and Repair Workers

1,466,944

1,535,161

68,217

5%

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,926,886

2,009,133

82,247

4%

Office Clerks

3,365,039

3,489,518

124,479

4%

Declining Middle-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Printing Press Operators

174,311

159,083

(15,228)

(9%)

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

494,879

458,732

(36,147)

(7%)

Travel Agents

77,683

72,789

(4,894)

(6%)

Carpenters

1,053,273

1,031,359

(21,914)

(2%)

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1,780,151

1,752,270

(27,881)

(2%)

Growing Low-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Home Health Aides

992,134

1,179,527

187,393

19%

Cooks, Restaurant

1,219,433

1,333,041

113,608

9%

Nursing Assistants

1,520,614

1,655,662

135,048

9%

Security Guards

1,185,116

1,260,953

75,837

6%

Janitors and Cleaners

2,632,801

2,792,345

159,544

6%

Declining Low-Wage Occupations

Occupation

2016 Jobs

2021 Jobs

Job Added 2016 - 2021

2016 - 2021 % Change

Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors

78,078

64,271

(13,807)

(18%)

Sewing Machine Operators

157,931

135,575

(22,356)

(14%)

Floral Designers

53,876

48,391

(5,485)

(10%)

Cooks, Fast Food

545,746

530,839

(14,907)

(3%)

Tellers

501,879

490,202

(11,677)

(2%)