20 of the fastest-shrinking jobs in N.J.

20 of the fastest-shrinking jobs in N.J.

12 Ağustos 2018 - 02:00

Looking at the numbers, it seems New Jersey's economy is improving.

There are about 4,007,470 people employed in the state as of 2017, up 51,000 from 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the unemployment rate is declining month after month.

But there are dozens of jobs in the Garden State that are contracting, many of them in the education field.

An analysis of employment data by NJ Advance Media shows some jobs are shrinking faster than others. 

The fastest shrinking job in the state between 2016 and 2017? Ambulance driver.

The number of ambulance drivers in New Jersey shrunk more than 58 percent in just one year. That might seem like a lot. But the ambulance driver workforce is tiny. Today, there's only 320 people employed as ambulance drivers throughout the entire state, down from 770 in 2016.  

NJ Advance Media analyzed employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and identified 20 of the fastest-shrinking jobs in the state by finding jobs that added at least 1,000 people to the workforces between 2016 and 2017.

*NOTE: Some of the jobs listed in the data did not report employment numbers either in 2016 or 2017. Therefore, it was impossible to determine how employment in those jobs may have changed. 

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

2017 employment: 2,560

2016 employment: 4,150

Percent change: -38 percent

Salary: About $92K

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

2017 employment: 2,070

2016 employment: 3,190

Percent change: -35 percent

Salary: About $31K

Sales Reps, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

2017 employment: 5,020 

2016 employment: 6,370

Percent change: -38 percent

Salary: About $107K


(Chris | Flickr)

Software Developers

2017 employment: 9,110

2016 employment: 11,390 

Percent change: -20 percent

Salary: About $122K



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