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Employment Projections

Employment by major occupational group, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Management Occupations

11-0000

8,861.5

9,498.0

636.6

7.2

$93,910

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

13-0000

7,167.6

8,065.7

898.1

12.5

$62,500

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

15-0000

3,814.7

4,500.5

685.8

18.0

$76,270

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

17-0000

2,474.5

2,654.0

179.6

7.3

$73,540

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

19-0000

1,249.1

1,374.8

125.7

10.1

$60,100

Community and Social Service Occupations

21-0000

2,374.7

2,783.4

408.8

17.2

$40,400

Legal Occupations

23-0000

1,247.0

1,379.9

132.9

10.7

$75,270

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

25-0000

9,115.9

10,131.7

1,015.8

11.1

$46,020

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

27-0000

2,570.9

2,751.6

180.6

7.0

$43,930

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

29-0000

8,049.7

9,782.6

1,732.9

21.5

$60,200

Healthcare Support Occupations

31-0000

4,110.2

5,266.0

1,155.8

28.1

$25,550

Protective Service Occupations

33-0000

3,325.3

3,588.3

263.0

7.9

$36,620

Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

35-0000

11,780.1

12,882.0

1,101.8

9.4

$18,930

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

37-0000

5,522.3

6,213.3

691.0

12.5

$22,690

Personal Care and Service Occupations

39-0000

5,375.6

6,498.5

1,122.9

20.9

$20,840

Sales and Related Occupations

41-0000

15,105.0

16,200.5

1,095.5

7.3

$25,120

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

43-0000

22,470.1

24,004.1

1,534.0

6.8

$31,510

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

45-0000

947.2

915.0

-32.2

-3.4

$19,370

Construction and Extraction Occupations

47-0000

6,092.2

7,394.1

1,301.9

21.4

$40,120

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

49-0000

5,514.8

6,046.0

531.2

9.6

$41,020

Production Occupations

51-0000

8,941.9

9,017.5

75.6

0.8

$30,920

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

53-0000

9,245.7

10,036.4

790.6

8.6

$28,960

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

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

Fastest growing occupations, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Industrial-organizational psychologists

19-3032

1.6

2.5

0.9

53.4

$83,580

Personal care aides

39-9021

1,190.6

1,771.4

580.8

48.8

$19,910

Home health aides

31-1011

875.1

1,299.3

424.2

48.5

$20,820

Insulation workers, mechanical

47-2132

28.9

42.4

13.5

46.7

$39,170

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

63.6

92.9

29.3

46.1

$45,430

Diagnostic medical sonographers

29-2032

58.8

85.9

27.0

46.0

$65,860

Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

47-3011

24.4

34.9

10.5

43.0

$28,220

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

30.3

43.2

12.9

42.6

$53,240

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.1

3.0

0.9

41.2

$56,800

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

71.4

100.7

29.3

41.0

$52,160

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.0

70.1

20.1

40.1

$23,880

Skincare specialists

39-5094

44.4

62.0

17.7

39.8

$28,640

Physician assistants

29-1071

86.7

120.0

33.3

38.4

$90,930

Segmental pavers

47-4091

1.8

2.4

0.7

38.1

$33,720

Helpers--electricians

47-3013

60.8

83.3

22.4

36.9

$27,670

Information security analysts

15-1122

75.1

102.5

27.4

36.5

$86,170

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

8.4

11.4

3.0

36.2

$26,850

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

190.0

258.6

68.6

36.1

$81,140

Medical secretaries

43-6013

525.6

714.9

189.2

36.0

$31,350

Physical therapists

29-1123

204.2

277.7

73.5

36.0

$79,860

Orthotists and prosthetists

29-2091

8.5

11.5

3.0

35.5

$62,670

Brickmasons and blockmasons

47-2021

71.0

96.2

25.2

35.5

$46,440

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

25-1072

67.8

91.8

24.0

35.4

$64,850

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

110.2

147.3

37.1

33.7

$89,960

Audiologists

29-1181

13.0

17.3

4.3

33.6

$69,720

Dental hygienists

29-2021

192.8

256.9

64.2

33.3

$70,210

Meeting, convention, and event planners

13-1121

94.2

125.4

31.3

33.2

$45,810

Therapists, all other

29-1129

28.8

37.9

9.1

31.7

$53,210

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

415.7

547.2

131.5

31.6

$60,300

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

21-1011

89.6

117.7

28.2

31.4

$38,520

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

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

Occupations with the largest job growth, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Personal care aides

39-9021

1,190.6

1,771.4

580.8

48.8

19,910

Registered nurses

29-1141

2,711.5

3,238.4

526.8

19.4

65,470

Retail salespersons

41-2031

4,447.0

4,881.7

434.7

9.8

21,110

Home health aides

31-1011

875.1

1,299.3

424.2

48.5

20,820

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

35-3021

2,969.3

3,391.2

421.9

14.2

18,260

Nursing assistants

31-1014

1,479.8

1,792.0

312.2

21.1

24,420

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

43-6014

2,324.4

2,632.3

307.8

13.2

32,410

Customer service representatives

43-4051

2,362.8

2,661.4

298.7

12.6

30,580

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,324.0

2,604.0

280.0

12.1

22,320

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,071.1

1,331.0

259.8

24.3

29,990

General and operations managers

11-1021

1,972.7

2,216.8

244.1

12.4

95,440

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,197.3

2,439.2

241.9

11.0

23,890

Carpenters

47-2031

901.2

1,119.4

218.2

24.2

39,940

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-3031

1,799.8

2,004.5

204.6

11.4

35,170

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

1,701.5

1,894.1

192.6

11.3

38,200

Medical secretaries

43-6013

525.6

714.9

189.2

36.0

31,350

Childcare workers

39-9011

1,312.7

1,496.8

184.1

14.0

19,510

Office clerks, general

43-9061

2,983.5

3,167.6

184.1

6.2

27,470

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2012

1,434.6

1,618.0

183.4

12.8

19,570

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

29-2061

738.4

921.3

182.9

24.8

41,540

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

43-1011

1,418.1

1,589.6

171.5

12.1

49,330

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-2021

1,361.2

1,529.1

167.9

12.3

53,400

Accountants and auditors

13-2011

1,275.4

1,442.2

166.7

13.1

63,550

Medical assistants

31-9092

560.8

723.7

162.9

29.0

29,370

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,024.1

1,174.2

150.1

14.7

22,030

Software developers, applications

15-1132

613.0

752.9

139.9

22.8

90,060

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

37-3011

1,124.9

1,264.0

139.2

12.4

23,570

Receptionists and information clerks

43-4171

1,006.7

1,142.6

135.9

13.5

25,990

Management analysts

13-1111

718.7

852.5

133.8

18.6

78,600

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

41-4012

1,480.7

1,612.8

132.0

8.9

54,230

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

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

Fastest declining occupations, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Fallers

45-4021

6.6

3.8

-2.9

-43.3

$35,250

Locomotive firers

53-4012

1.6

0.9

-0.7

-42.0

$44,920

Shoe machine operators and tenders

51-6042

3.5

2.3

-1.2

-35.3

$24,310

Postal service clerks

43-5051

66.9

45.7

-21.3

-31.8

$53,090

Log graders and scalers

45-4023

3.5

2.4

-1.1

-31.6

$32,880

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

129.6

91.0

-38.6

-29.8

$53,090

Semiconductor processors

51-9141

21.3

15.5

-5.8

-27.1

$33,020

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6062

15.5

11.3

-4.2

-27.1

$24,050

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

295.1

215.8

-79.2

-26.8

$56,490

Motion picture projectionists

39-3021

8.0

5.8

-2.1

-26.5

$19,830

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

161.4

119.7

-41.7

-25.8

$21,270

Word processors and typists

43-9022

104.4

78.2

-26.2

-25.1

$35,270

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

51-6092

6.5

4.9

-1.6

-25.0

$38,650

Data entry keyers

43-9021

220.3

166.1

-54.2

-24.6

$28,010

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6063

21.9

16.5

-5.4

-24.5

$26,540

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-9131

23.0

17.4

-5.6

-24.2

$63,050

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-6061

11.4

8.6

-2.7

-24.0

$24,210

Animal breeders

45-2021

1.3

1.0

-0.3

-23.4

$34,250

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4032

20.9

16.2

-4.7

-22.5

$33,940

Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-6064

27.5

21.8

-5.6

-20.5

$25,850

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

930.6

750.7

-179.9

-19.3

$69,300

Meter readers, utilities

43-5041

40.2

32.5

-7.7

-19.2

$35,940

Pourers and casters, metal

51-4052

10.7

8.7

-2.0

-18.7

$34,060

Computer operators

43-9011

74.6

62.0

-12.7

-17.0

$38,390

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-4071

12.4

10.4

-2.0

-16.2

$30,540

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4021

74.9

63.0

-11.9

-15.9

$32,330

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4072

125.0

105.8

-19.2

-15.4

$28,630

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

41-9091

92.7

78.5

-14.2

-15.3

$21,470

Cutters and trimmers, hand

51-9031

14.2

12.1

-2.2

-15.3

$24,530

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

49-9095

5.3

4.5

-0.8

-15.1

$28,080

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

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

Occupations with the largest job declines, 2012 and projected 2022
(Numbers in thousands)

2012 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2012—22

Median annual wage, 2012 (1)

2012

2022

Number

Percent

Total, All Occupations

00-0000

145,355.8

160,983.7

15,628.0

10.8

$34,750

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

11-9013

930.6

750.7

-179.9

-19.3

$69,300

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052

295.1

215.8

-79.2

-26.8

$56,490

Data entry keyers

43-9021

220.3

166.1

-54.2

-24.6

$28,010

Sewing machine operators

51-6031

161.4

119.7

-41.7

-25.8

$21,270

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053

129.6

91.0

-38.6

-29.8

$53,090

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

45-2092

596.8

567.6

-29.2

-4.9

$18,670

Word processors and typists

43-9022

104.4

78.2

-26.2

-25.1

$35,270

Postal service clerks

43-5051

66.9

45.7

-21.3

-31.8

$53,090

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

43-4181

139.1

119.6

-19.5

-14.0

$32,400

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4072

125.0

105.8

-19.2

-15.4

$28,630

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-2011

131.0

113.7

-17.3

-13.2

$25,370

Information and record clerks, all other

43-4199

188.9

172.2

-16.7

-8.8

$37,240

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4031

184.7

168.2

-16.4

-8.9

$29,690

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

41-9091

92.7

78.5

-14.2

-15.3

$21,470

Industrial truck and tractor operators

53-7051

508.6

495.0

-13.6

-2.7

$30,220

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022

198.3

184.9

-13.5

-6.8

$28,810

Computer operators

43-9011

74.6

62.0

-12.7

-17.0

$38,390

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4021

74.9

63.0

-11.9

-15.9

$32,330

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4081

85.9

74.5

-11.4

-13.2

$33,960

Couriers and messengers

43-5021

98.2

87.4

-10.9

-11.1

$25,440

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011

873.9

863.4

-10.5

-1.2

$47,500

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

51-1011

594.7

584.2

-10.5

-1.8

$54,040

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

43-9051

108.5

98.9

-9.6

-8.8

$26,900

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4033

71.5

62.5

-9.0

-12.6

$31,620

Travel agents

41-3041

73.3

64.4

-8.9

-12.1

$34,600

Meter readers, utilities

43-5041

40.2

32.5

-7.7

-19.2

$35,940

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-9196

95.0

87.5

-7.6

-8.0

$34,690

Reporters and correspondents

27-3022

51.7

44.6

-7.1

-13.8

$35,870

Office machine operators, except computer

43-9071

68.8

61.8

-7.0

-10.2

$27,950

Printing press operators

51-5112

178.4

171.4

-7.0

-3.9

$34,690

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

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

Last Modified Date: April 4, 2014