The 11 highest-paying jobs that are disappearing in the US

There will be fewer CEOs in the future.

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There will be fewer CEOs in the future.
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In the future, some jobs will be all but obsolete.

And despite the usual trade-off of handsome compensation for valuable skills, interestingly, some of these disappearing jobs are high-paying.

By 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a decline in employment for 11 jobs that pay more than $60,000 a year, resulting in 74,700 fewer positions than 2016 and about $6.4 billion in lost wages.

One of the perhaps most surprising jobs to make this list – chief executive officer – is a prime example of how even the most seemingly secure jobs aren’t safe from employment declines. According to the BLS, we’ll see fewer CEOs in the future thanks to improving office technology, changing organizational structures, and the slowed rate of new firm creation.

Based on BLS occupational outlook data, here are the 11 highest-paying jobs that could be on their way out, as well as what these people do on a daily basis, according to O*NET descriptions of the jobs.


11. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

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They directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Projected decline: 7.8%

Median annual pay: $60,560

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 45,200

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 41,700


10. Labor relations specialists

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They resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

Projected decline: 7.8%

Median annual pay: $62,310

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 81,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 74,800


9. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

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They purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.

Projected decline: 5.6%

Median annual pay: $63,300

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 309,400

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 292,100


8. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

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They review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures.

Projected decline: 1.5%

Median annual pay: $63,680

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 311,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 306,600


7. Insurance underwriters

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They review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.

Projected decline: 5.2%

Median annual pay: $67,680

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 104,100

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 98,600


6. Postmasters and mail superintendents

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They plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in an assigned post office.

Projected decline: 20.9%

Median annual pay: $71,670

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 14,200

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 11,200


5. Computer programmers

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They create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run.

Projected decline: 7.6%

Median annual pay: $79,840

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 294,900

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 272,300


4. Power distributors and dispatchers

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They coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Projected decline: 2.5%

Median annual pay: $81,900

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 11,600

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 11,300


3. Nuclear power reactor operators

They operate or control nuclear reactors.

Projected decline: 10.2%

Median annual pay: $91,170

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 7,000

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 6,300


2. Industrial production managers

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They plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

Projected decline: 0.2%

Median annual pay: $97,140

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 170,600

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 170,300


1. Chief executives

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They determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body.

Projected decline: 3.5%

Median annual pay: $181,210

Number of people who held this job in the US in 2016: 308,900

Predicted number of people who will hold this job in 2026: 298,200