CareerBuilder.com has come up with a list of careers you might want to avoid if you hope to build one. Topping the list of fields where job opportunities are expected to fall sharply between now and 2014 are farming and ranching.
Now there’s a news flash. From 1919, when U.S. farm employment was 13.5 million, it has fallen steadily to a little more than 3 million in 1999 and is probably even fewer now. Indeed, most people who take up farm work are immigrants.
Other shrinking fields include occupations that have been overtaken by technology — such as telephone operator — or imports — sewing-machine operator.
But there was one occupation on the list that was something of a surprise — and, admit it, somewhat of a pleasant one — telemarketer. CareerBuilder says about 42,000 telemarketing jobs will disappear because of do-not-call lists and call-blocking technology.
The market for dinner-hour and weekend calls insistently peddling timeshare condominiums, usurious debt and highly speculative commodities seems to be drying up. This may be the first career that, if we may invent a verb here, nuisanced itself out of existence.