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Winter 2005-06 Vol. 49, Number 4

Occupational employment

This section shows how employment in occupations is projected to change over the 2004 to 2014 decade. Employment change in occupations affects the opportunities available to jobseekers. Generally, occupations with rapid job growth, many new jobs, or many job openings offer better prospects.

Most of these charts show which occupations or occupational groups are expected to grow fastest (percent change) or gain the most jobs (numeric change) during the 2004-14 projections decade.

But when it comes to employment prospects, job growth tells only part of the story. Job openings for workers stem from the need to replace workers who leave an occupation permanently, as well as from the need to fill new jobs that are added to an occupation. Two charts show which occupations and occupational groups are expected to have the most openings for workers who are entering the occupation for the first time. These charts show projected openings both from job growth and from replacement needs (the need to replace workers who leave).

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Last Updated: March 13, 2006