Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3: Fastest growing occupations, 2014 and projected 2024
(Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2014 (1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$35,540

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

4.4

9.2

4.8

108.0

$48,800

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

33.0

47.1

14.1

42.7

$56,950

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

78.7

110.7

31.9

40.6

$54,410

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.0

69.5

19.5

39.0

$24,650

Home health aides

31-1011

913.5

1,261.9

348.4

38.1

$21,380

Commercial divers

49-9092

4.4

6.0

1.6

36.9

$45,890

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

126.9

171.7

44.7

35.2

$95,350

Physical therapists

29-1123

210.9

282.7

71.8

34.0

$82,390

Statisticians

15-2041

30.0

40.1

10.1

33.8

$79,990

Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

53-3011

19.6

26.1

6.5

33.0

$24,080

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

8.8

11.6

2.7

30.6

$26,550

Physician assistants

29-1071

94.4

123.2

28.7

30.4

$95,820

Operations research analysts

15-2031

91.3

118.9

27.6

30.2

$76,660

Personal financial advisors

13-2052

249.4

323.2

73.9

29.6

$81,060

Cartographers and photogrammetrists

17-1021

12.3

15.9

3.6

29.3

$60,930

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.4

3.1

0.7

28.8

$67,500

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

61.0

78.5

17.5

28.7

$43,590

Audiologists

29-1181

13.2

16.9

3.8

28.6

$73,060

Hearing aid specialists

29-2092

5.9

7.5

1.6

27.2

$43,010

Optometrists

29-1041

40.6

51.6

11.0

27.0

$101,410

Forensic science technicians

19-4092

14.4

18.2

3.8

26.6

$55,360

Web developers

15-1134

148.5

188.0

39.5

26.6

$63,490

Occupational therapists

29-1122

114.6

145.1

30.4

26.5

$78,810

Diagnostic medical sonographers

29-2032

60.7

76.7

16.0

26.4

$67,530

Personal care aides

39-9021

1,768.4

2,226.5

458.1

25.9

$20,440

Phlebotomists

31-9097

112.7

140.8

28.1

24.9

$30,670

Ophthalmic medical technicians

29-2057

37.0

46.1

9.1

24.7

$35,230

Nurse midwives

29-1161

5.3

6.6

1.3

24.6

$96,970

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

5.9

7.4

1.4

24.3

$40,020

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

29-2041

241.2

299.6

58.5

24.2

$31,700

Footnotes:
  1 Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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