Looking for Work or Just Starting College?

July 31, 2011 | Written by Rose in WATER COOLER TALK

Waiting for my caramel latte at the local coffee house, I learned during a visit with one of the employees that he was entering his last year of college. Like most soon-to-be college grads, he was worrying about the lack of opportunities in today’s dismal job market. I commented that I recently read a study posted by the American Bankers Association that provided a list of the 10 dying industries and promised him I’d post it.

If you’re out of work or looking for a field to settle in to, you’d be wise to remember the ten industries below are on the verge of extinction:

  1. Wired Telecommunication Carriers
  2. Mills
  3. Newspaper Publishing
  4. Apparel Manufacturing
  5. DVD, Game & Video Rental
  6. Manufactured Home Dealers
  7. Video Post-production Services
  8. Record Stores
  9. Photofinishing
  10. Formal Wear & Costume Rental

Read full article showing projections from American Bankers Association

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  1. Tony 08/02/2011 at 6:58 am #

    That’s good advice. Hopefully college kids are getting this kind of counseling as they enter college. I don’t know if I’d agree with the video post-production job going away. There’s more video now than ever with hundreds of channels on cable TV and more and more video on the web. Doing post is an art.

    Video post is kind of like desktop publishing or website design. Just because people have the software doesn’t mean they’re experts at it. To do it right takes skill and experience. College teaches it and so does real world experience.

    It is true that record stores are going away – although you can find some here in Madison still!

  2. Rose Molz 09/27/2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Tony ~ great feedback. And I agree that post-production is an art. It does make sense to me, with the advent of digital media, how POST-production as an industry has dwindled. From my own experience, Boonetown Productions in Sun Prairie has excellent skills from start to finish – right to the post. All digital.

    And how about those vinyls…Sugar Shack right here on the east side of Madison, is a awesome! Gosh, I miss records. There was something so satisfying about flipping through my old collection of albums.

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