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Winter 2005-06 Vol. 49, Number 4

Introduction to the projections


Technological innovations, an aging population, and business advances will change the types of goods and services we need. They will also change the types of jobs we need to produce those goods and provide those services. We can expect, for example, more healthcare services to be provided and more healthcare workers to be hired. We can expect increases in educational services, requiring more teachers and other workers. And we can expect continued increases in computer-related production and employment. 

Such examples are only a few of the expectations we have for the future economy based on projections developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Knowing more about future trends can help jobseekers make choices that are better informed.

Because of the dynamic nature of the U.S. economy, it is essential that the best and latest information is made available to individuals who are making decisions about education, training, and careers. This special issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly provides a graphic summary of the latest employment projections, those covering the decade from 2004 to 2014. Updated every 2 years, these projections continue a nearly 60-year tradition of providing advice to people who are entering the job market, changing careers, or making education and training choices.

The BLS projections program was first created to assist World War II veterans in reentering the world of work. What began as simple descriptive material about available occupations now uses a model-based approach to provide projections of the overall economy, the labor force, industry employment and output, and occupational employment growth.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2006