10 Most Endangered Jobs in 2014

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When transitioning out of the military, it's important to think about your future career options. Some people choose jobs they're passionate about, some choose a career with high earning potential, and some take whatever they can get. If you're completely unsure about what to pick, think about careers with staying power. You might not have considered it, but there are a lot of industries around that are prone to going away, and taking every career involved along with them. Check out the 10 most endangered jobs in 2014, compiled by Forbes. If job stability is a concern, you might want to avoid anything on this list.

1. Mail Carrier: Excelling at being a mail carrier requires diligence, good time management, and a driver's license. The job doesn't come with too much unpredictability or danger, but if you got through the monotony that comes with military service you should do just fine delivering mail. Median Salary: $53,100 Hiring Outlook: -28%

2. Farmer: Modern farming is far removed from the rakes and sickles of old. These days, farmers use heavy and specialized equipment to maximize crop yields and minimize the amount of manual labor required to get food to dinner plates everywhere. Despite modernization, the job can be labor intensive. Furthermore, the nature of farming is such that a plethora of tasks need to be accomplished, so be ready for shifting requirements. Median Salary: $69,300 Hiring Outlook: -19%

3. Meter Reader: Meter readers do just what their name implies: study, analyze, and report on household meters. The job does come with a little more nuance, but it can be fairly tedious depending on the specific task that needs to be performed. Meter readers have the ability to repair or replace broken meters. Median Salary: $36,410 Hiring Outlook: -19%

4. Newspaper Reporter: It's been said for the past few years that print media is losing ground fast, and newspapers are definitely included. It's hard for print media to beat the timeliness and interactivity of the internet, but that doesn't mean newspapers are completely shut down yet. This job requires strong interpersonal skills as well as writing and editing ability. Median Salary: $37,090 Hiring Outlook: -13%

5. Travel Agent: Travel agents must have two abilities: strong knowledge of travel destinations, and the ability to sell. Travel agents specialize in creating and selling travel packages, whether for vacation or otherwise. Median Salary: $34,600 Hiring Outlook: -12%

6. Lumberjack: Lumberjacks, like most blue collar workers, have a much more technical job than they did in the past. Heavy machinery and advanced tree-cutting techniques necessitate a more nuanced approach, but hard labor is still required. Median Salary: $24,340 Hiring Outlook: -9%

7. Flight Attendant: Being a flight attendant is not an easy job. Attendants are usually on their feet throughout the flight, have to be responsible for managing scores of passengers, and need to shuffle food and drink carts down cramped isles. They do tend to receive great travel related benefits. Median Salary: $37,240 Hiring Outlook: -7%

8. Drill-Press Operator: Drill-press operators are specialists who work machines designed to press holes into various materials. Caution is one of the most important attributes of this job, since the large machinery can be very dangerous if used callously. Median Salary: $32,950 Hiring Outlook: -6%

9. Printing Worker: Printing workers are the folks who produce all forms of printed media. They must operate specialized machinery to print and bind a variety of print, including books and magazines. Median Salary: $34,100 Hiring Outlook: -5%

10. Tax Examiner and Collector: Tax examiners and collectors don't have an easy job. They are professionals who are responsible for figuring out who hasn't accurately paid their taxes, and contacting them to seek accurate payment. This job requires a strong affinity for math and economics as well as communication skills. Median Salary: $50,440 Hiring Outlook: -4%

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