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6 jobs in decline and how to replace them

Automotive assembly line workers
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Salary range: $31,000 to $60,000

What happened: "The demand for U.S. cars has shrunk, and that affects those in the domestic auto industry as well as those in supporting industries," says Cohen, the career coach. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler also struggle with union rules and regulations.

For 2010, 11.5 million new vehicles were sold in the U.S., according to This marked an increase over 2009, the worst year in nearly three decades for the auto industry, with sales of 10.4 million vehicles, according to researcher IHS Automotive. These figures are a far cry from the more than 17 million in sales that auto manufacturers enjoyed in the early 2000s.

A good replacement job: If you're good with procedures, rules and regulations -- skills often needed on an assembly line -- look into security positions, Cohen says. Security-related jobs can be found in the private and public sectors. Think police, fire, sanitation or even food inspection.




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