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Winter 2009-10 Vol. 53, Number 4

Occupational employment

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

This section shows how employment in particular occupations is projected to change over the 2008–18 decade. Many of the charts that follow show which occupations or occupational groups are expected to grow fastest (highest percent growth) or gain the most jobs (highest numeric growth). Employment growth for all workers is projected to average about 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. This average is shown as a dotted vertical line in the chart on page 12.

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: March 18, 2010