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Fall 2007 Vol. 51, Number 3

Occupational employment

When choosing a career, jobseekers often want to know which occupations offer the best prospects. Generally, occupations with rapid job growth, many new jobs, or many job openings promise better opportunities.

This section shows how employment in occupations is projected to change over the 2006-16 decade. Many of the charts show which occupations or occupational groups are expected to grow fastest (percent growth) or gain the most jobs (numeric growth). 

Overall employment growth is projected to average about 10 percent between 2006 and 2016. This average is shown as a dotted vertical line in some charts.

But when it comes to employment prospects, job growth tells only part of the story. Job openings for workers also come from the need to replace workers who retire or leave an occupation permanently for other reasons. Some charts show which occupations 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: February 29, 2008