According to the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL), jobs that involve typing or using a word processor to produce copy are slated to see the biggest decline in employment by 2030.

In 2020 there were 349 typist jobs in the state. That number is projected to decline to 238 by 2040, a 31.8 percent decrease.

The DOL looks at occupations projected to see the biggest decline by looking at employment from 2020 and projecting job levels to 2030.

Other occupations projected to see the biggest decline in employment levels by 2030 include switchboard operators and legal secretaries and administrative assistants, expected to decline by 25.4 percent and 19.7 percent respectively.

DOL’s projections also anticipate an 18 percent decline in the number of telemarketers employed in the state by 2030.

Among occupations facing the largest projected decrease in employment, executive secretaries and administrative assistants draw the largest average annual salary. As of the first quarter of 2022, the average executive secretary makes around $79,000 per year.

Other occupations projected to lose the greatest number of jobs by 2030 include tellers, data entry keyers, payroll and timekeeping clerks, structural metal fabricators, and pipelayers.

Of occupations projected to lose jobs by 2030, chief executives, several types of postal workers, loan officers, and plating machine operators are all projected to decline the least—by less than one percent.

A number of medical positions are also projected to decline by 2030: general internist physicians are expected to see their number of jobs decline by 1.7 percent by 2030, losing 17 jobs. The number of obstetricians and gynecologists in the state is expected to decline by 2.4 percent by 2030, losing 20 jobs. Pediatricians, recreational therapists and nursing assistants are also expected to see declines between 2.8 and 3.9 percent.

DOL also projects occupations that are expected to grow the fastest by 2030. Topping the list of jobs expected to see the most growth are ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers. As of 2020, there were 635 jobs in the state and this is projected to grow to 1,159, by 82.5 percent, in 2030.

Other fast growing projected jobs include restaurant cooks slated to increase 65.9 percent by 2030; passenger attendants; projected to increase 65.2 percent; and sailors and marine oilers, expected to grow by 59.7 percent.

For those industries projected to see the number of jobs increase, the rate of growth by 2030 decreases to 16.4 percent, with landscaping and groundskeeping workers, set and exhibit designers, and electrical engineering jobs all projected to grow by that amount. Survey researchers are projected to grow by 16.5 percent and financial examiners are projected to grow by 16.6 percent.

While DOL projects a decline in some medical occupations, it also projects growth in others, including for epidemiologists, which are projected to see a 50.4 percent increase in the number of jobs in the state by 2030. The number of nurse practitioners in the state is also projected to nearly double, with the number of jobs in the state projected to increase to 47.5 percent by 2030.

As for current employment levels by industry, office and administrative support employs the most people in Connecticut according to data the state collects on occupational wage and employment. The latest employment figures for the industry estimate it employs 214,390 people. Within the industry, the most—30,140—work as customer service representatives.

The industry that currently employs the fewest people is farming, fishing and forestry, which is currently estimated to represent 750 jobs. The vast majority of these—540—are employed as farm workers and laborers, dealing specifically with crops or working in nurseries or greenhouses.

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