"Buggy whip manufacturer" has long been shorthand for a once-common job that is now obsolete. Much more recent jobs, such as mail carrier, logger and newspaper reporter, may be headed in the same direction.

In fact, mail carrier is the most endangered position in the United States, according to the CareerCast Jobs Rated report for 2014. The profession came in dead last out of 200 careers examined, with an expected employment decline of 22 percent by 2022. Of course, current carriers are not affected, and the National Association of Letter Carriers has a pension fund surplus of $25 billion.

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