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Mailman, farmer and reporter among endangered jobs in US

A U.S. job search website has put mail carrier, farmer, meter reader, newspaper reporter and travel agent on its annual list of the most-endangered jobs, underscoring the changes in the job landscape triggered by evolving information and communications technologies.

CareerCast on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It designated the job of mail carrier as the most endangered with a projected decline of 28 percent in hiring by 2022.

The website said the proliferation of online communication and immediate accessibility have profoundly impacted postal services. It noted that the decline in postal jobs over the coming decade is expected to be severe.

The job of farmer was the second-most endangered with an expected decline of 19 percent in hiring by 2022. The website said that new technology allowed those already in farming to accomplish more with fewer resources and workers.

The job report also painted a grim outlook for meter readers, with an expected decline of 19 percent in hiring. The implementation of remote-viewable meter readers allows utility companies to compile customer usage data without sending workers to the measuring sites, the report said.

The job of newspaper reporter is also highly endangered. The profession faces a projected 13 percent decline in hiring in the coming years due to decreasing subscription and dwindling advertising sales, according to the website.

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