30 of the Most Rapidly Disappearing Occupations

If you're in the market for a career, you might want to avoid these jobs, which are rapidly in decline for reasons both obvious and unexpected.

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Every two years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updates its data to predict job growth in specific occupations. While everyone is, of course, dying to know which occupations will provide the best career prospects in the coming years, the government also shines a light on the dying breeds.

Based on the latest BLS projections, which span 2016-2026, here are 30 careers you might not want to chase. While many are obvious casualties of modern technology, there are also some surprising occupations on the decline.

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