A fascinating article from Business Insider compiled a list of jobs that were popular among young adults in 1990 but employ few of the same as of 2017.
 
Business Insider used census data and data from the Pew Research Center to compile the list. As you can expect, manufacturing dominates the list. But the rank of wood products jobs might surprise you. 
 
Here are the top 20 once-popular jobs (All average salaries are for young adults in 2017 dollars):
 
20. Machinery, equipment, and supplies (wholesale): In 1990, 47% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 28% in 2017 (a 19-point difference).
 
Average income in 1990: $53,662
Average income in 2017: $50,235
 
19. Manufacturing of leather products (except footwear): In 1990, 43% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 24% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $30,041
Income in 2017: $31,976
 
18. Manufacturing of bicycles and miscellaneous transportation: In 1990, 49% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 29% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $35,927
Income in 2017 : $41,587
 
17. Bus services and urban transit: In 1990, 38% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 19% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $38,101
Income in 2017: $35,072
 
16. Miscellaneous plastics products manufacturing: In 1990, 50% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 30% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $38,636
Income in 2017: $38,109
 
15. Structural clay products manufacturing: In 1990, 50% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 30% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $40,033
Income in 2017: $32,538
 
14. Metals and minerals wholesale trade: In 1990, 46% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 26% in 2017 (a 20-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $48,510
Income in 2017: $54,020
 
13. Professional and commercial equipment and supplies wholesale trade: In 1990, 53% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 32% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $53,480
Income in 2017: $57,091
 
12. Fuel dealers: In 1990, 40% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 19% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $43,355
Income in 2017: $38,277
 
11. Air transportation: In 1990, 49% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 28% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $48,290
Income in 2017: $44,395
 

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10. Miscellaneous nondurable goods wholesale trade: In 1990, 47% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 26% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).

Income in 1990: $36,779
Income in 2017: $40,357
 
9. Pottery and related products manufacturing: In 1990, 46% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 25% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $38,931
Income in 2017: $40,549
 
8. Cement, concrete, gypsum, and plaster product manufacturing: In 1990, 46% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 25% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $44,822
Income in 2017: $46,439
 
7. Miscellaneous paper and pulp products manufacturing: In 1990, 46% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 25% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $42,083
Income in 2017: $47,564
 
6. Electrical goods wholesale trade: In 1990, 48% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 27% in 2017 (a 21-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $52,144
Income in 2017: $51,402
 
5. Computers and related equipment manufacturing: In 1990, 50% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 27% in 2017 (a 23-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $64,175
Income in 2017: $72,890
 
4. Printing, publishing, and allied industries, except newspapers: In 1990, 49% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 27% in 2017 (a 23-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $45,024
Income in 2017: $40,518
 
3. Dyeing and finishing textiles manufacturing: In 1990, 44% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 21% in 2017 (a 23-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $33,388
Income in 2017: $35,715
 
2. Machinery manufacturing: In 1990, 44% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 20% in 2017 (a 24-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $48,804
Income in 2017: $50,082
 
1. Wood building and mobile home manufacturing: In 1990, 57% of this workforce was aged 21 to 36, which fell to 31% in 2017 (a 26-point difference).
 
Income in 1990: $37,799
Income in 2017: $36,607
 
 

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