Beware These Dying Jobs That Are Disappearing the Quickest

22. Telecom equipment installers

Telephone Engineer At Work
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Jobs likely to vanish by 2026: 18,200

Telecommunications equipment installers and repair people keep us connected the old-fashioned way: with cables, cords and wires.

The money is good: The median pay — meaning half earn more, half earn less — is over $53,000 a year. Candidates for these jobs typically need a two-year degree and decent customer service skills.

However, would-be installers might want to find a different career path. The jobs are drying up because of the growing popularity of wireless and mobile services, which require less of this sort of hands-on set-up work.