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30 Jobs With Largest Projected Growth

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total employment is projected to increase by 15.3 million jobs in the decade from 2008 to 2018. That, quite frankly, is some of the best employment news we've heard in a long time. But in which sectors will those jobs be created? And which jobs within those sectors?

The BLS has complied the numbers, and here are the 30 jobs with the largest projected employment growth:

1. Registered nurses
2008 employment: 2,619,000
2018 employment: 3,200,000
Projected Change: +22.2%
Minimum education or training: Associate degree

2. Home health aides

2008 employment: 922,000
2018 employment: 1,383,000
Projected Change: +50%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

3. Customer service representatives

2008 employment: 2,252,000
2018 employment: 2,652,000
Projected Change: +17%
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

4. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

2008 employment: 2,702,000
2018 employment: 3,096,000
Projected Change: +14.6%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

5. Personal and home care aides

2008 employment: 817,000
2018 employment: 1,193,000
Projected Change: +46%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

6. Retail salespersons
2008 employment: 4,489,000
2018 employment: 4,864,000
Projected Change: +8.4%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

7. Office clerks, general

2008 employment: 3,024,000
2018 employment: 3,383,000
Projected Change: +11.9%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

8. Accountants and auditors
2008 employment: 1,291,000
2018 employment: 1,570,000
Projected Change: +21.7%
Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree

9. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
2008 employment: 1,470,000
2018 employment: 1,746,000
Projected Change: +18.8%
Minimum education or training: Postsecondary vocational award

10. Postsecondary teachers

2008 employment: 1,699,000
2018 employment: 1,956,000
Projected Change: +15.1%
Minimum education or training: Doctoral degree

11. Construction laborers
2008 employment: 1,249,000
2018 employment: 1,505,000
Projected Change: +20.5
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

12. Elementary school teachers, except special education

2008 employment: 1,550,000
2018 employment: 1,794,000
Projected Change: +15.8%
Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree

13. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

2008 employment: 1,798,000
2018 employment: 2,031,000
Projected Change: +13%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

14. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
2008 employment: 1,206,000
2018 employment: 1,423,000
Projected Change: +18%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

15. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks

2008 employment: 2,064,000
2018 employment: 2,276,000
Projected Change: +10.3%
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

16. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

2008 employment: 1,594,000
2018 employment: 1,799,000
Projected Change: +12.8%
Minimum education or training: Work experience in a related occupation

17. Management analysts
2008 employment: 747,000
2018 employment: 925,000
Projected Change: +23.9%
Minimum education or training: Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience

18. Computer applications software engineers
2008 employment: 515,000
2018 employment: 690,000
Projected Change: +34%
Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree

19. Receptionists and information clerks

2008 employment: 1,139,000
2018 employment: 1,312,000
Projected Change: +15.2%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

20. Carpenters
2008 employment: 1,285,000
2018 employment: 1,450,000
Projected Change: +12.9%
Minimum education or training: Long-term on-the-job training

21. Medical assistants

2008 employment: 484,000
2018 employment: 648,000
Projected Change: +33.9%
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

22. First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

2008 employment: 1,457,000
2018 employment: 1,618,000
Projected Change: +11%
Minimum education or training: Work experience in a related occupation

23. Network systems and data communications analysts
2008 employment: 292,000
2018 employment: 448,000
Projected Change: +53.4%
Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree

24. Licensed practical and vocational nurses

2008 employment: 754,000
2018 employment: 909,000
Projected Change: +20.7%
Minimum education or training: Postsecondary vocational award

25. Security guards
2008 employment: 1,077,000
2018 employment: 1,229,000
Projected Change: +14.2%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

26. Waiters and waitresses
2008 employment: 2,382,000
2018 employment: 2,533,000
Projected Change: +6.4%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

27. Maintenance and repair workers
2008 employment: 1,361,000
2018 employment: 1,509,000
Projected Change: +10.9%
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

28. Physicians and surgeons
2008 employment: 661,000
2018 employment: 806,000
Projected Change: +21.8%
Minimum education or training: First professional degree

29. Child-care workers
2008 employment: 1,302,000
2018 employment: 1,444,000
Projected Change: +10.9%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

30. Teacher assistants
2008 employment: 1,313,000
2018 employment: 1,448,000
Projected Change: +10.3%
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

 

See the BLS Release

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