As a country’s economy progresses and relative competitiveness shifts in comparison with other countries, inevitably the composition of its job market also changes.

Some sectors and industries grow, creating new jobs, whilst others shrink as they become less important or jobs move to other countries who can do it better or cheaper. Even more so as trade and interaction between countries increases.

This article from Forbes shows the top 20 growing and disappearing jobs in the USA in 2007.

There are some surprises – amidst much talk of the poor state of the airline industry, aircraft assembly workers was one of the main growth areas.

And fallout from the credit crunch hasn’t yet hit financial analysts, whose numbers increased by 16% from 2006 to 2007.

The top 3 disappearing jobs? Sewing machine operators, home appliance repairers and engine & machine assemblers.


About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.