Numeric change in employment by major occupational group, projected 2008–18, in thousands
The two occupational groups that were the largest in 2008 are also projected to add the most new jobs to the U.S. economy between 2008 and 2018. Two occupational groups are projected to lose jobs, due in part to increasing worker productivity and an ongoing shift to a service-providing economy.
Numeric growth in job openings by major occupational group, projected 2008–18, in thousands
Employment prospects depend on more than job growth. Openings for new workers occur not only when jobs are added to the economy but also when current workers leave an occupation permanently. In fact, the need to replace workers who leave an occupation is expected to create more openings than job growth will.
Numeric growth in employment in professional and related occupations, projected 2008–18, in thousands
Workers in professional and related occupations have a variety of specialized skills. Within this group, two occupations are each expected to gain more than 1 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018.
Numeric growth in employment in service occupations, projected 2008–18, in thousands
Three occupations within this group are expected to gain more than 1 million new jobs from 2008 to 2018. Much of the employment growth in healthcare support occupations will come from increased demand for basic medical services to older persons. Job growth in personal care and service occupations will be driven primarily by demand for personal and home care for the elderly and disabled and by demand for child care services.