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The jobs that are safest, and most at risk, over the next decade

A waiter carries orders at Katz's Delicatessen in New York. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs at the middle of the pay spectrum that don't require a college degree are at the greatest risk of disappearing over the next decade, per the NY Times.

High-paying jobs in math and science-heavy fields are safe for the most part, per the report, as are low-paying jobs like waiting tables and caring for the elderly. But areas like machine operation and coal mining, jobs "without specialized skills," are at risk

Why it matters: While these projections aren't set in stone, they are used by guidance counselors in schools to help students choose a major, by colleges and universities to develop curriculum, and by work force development agencies, the NYT reports.

One more thing: The spread of automation is putting service-sector jobs at risk, including occupations "dominated by women," per the NYT.