Occupations that Need More Education for Entry are Projected to Grow Faster

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Employment, wages, and projected change in employment by typical entry-level education
(Employment in thousands)

Typical entry-level education

2014 Employment

Employment change, 2014–24 (percent)

Median annual wage, 2015(1)

Number

Percent distribution

Total, all occupations

150,539.9

100.0

6.5

$36,200

Doctoral or professional degree

4,111.5

2.7

12.2

$100,490

Master's degree

2,518.8

1.7

13.8

$66,420

Bachelor's degree

31,848.6

21.2

8.2

$70,400

Associate's degree

3,458.2

2.3

8.7

$50,230

Postsecondary nondegree award

9,090.7

6.0

11.5

$35,660

Some college, no degree

3,785.8

2.5

0.5

$33,870

High school diploma or equivalent

54,927.4

36.5

3.9

$36,210

No formal educational credential

40,799.0

27.1

6.9

$21,420

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


Note: The occupational employment and growth rates shown in this table include projected growth in all jobs from 2014–24, not just entry-level jobs. Entry-level education reflects 2014 requirements—BLS does not project educational requirements.


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

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Last Modified Date: April 18, 2016