Fastest Growing Occupations
Percent growth in employment, projected 2008–18
Many of the occupations projected to grow the fastest relate to healthcare and care of the elderly. Of all the projected fastest growing occupations, however, computer applications software engineers had the highest median annual wage in May 2008.
Most new jobs
Numeric growth in employment, projected 2008–18, in thousands
These 20 occupations are projected to gain the most new jobs between 2008 and 2018 and account for almost 38 percent of all new jobs projected over the decade. Although these occupations have a range of wages, responsibilities, and education and training requirements, many relate to healthcare and care of the elderly. As with the projected fastest growing occupations, computer applications software engineers had the highest wage in May 2008 among occupations projected to gain the most new jobs.
Most job openings for workers new to an occupation
Job openings due to growth and replacement needs, projected 2008–18, in thousands
Two retail occupations—cashiers and retail salespersons—are expected to have the most job openings over the projections decade. For most of the occupations in this chart, the need to replace workers leaving the occupation is projected to create more openings than job growth will. Of the occupations shown, general and operations managers had the highest median annual wage in May 2008. All job openings in that occupation are expected to result from replacement needs.
Job opening by education or training
Percent distribution of job openings due to growth and replacement needs by education or training level, projected 2008–18
Most job openings over the projections decade will be in occupations that require short-term on-the-job training. Occupations requiring moderate-term on-the-job training and those requiring a bachelor’s degree are also expected to have a large share of the projected job openings.
Charts on the following pages show projected employment growth, projected job openings, and 2008 annual wages for detailed occupations within these categories. Generally, workers in occupations with higher education and training levels earn higher wages than do those with lower levels of education and training. The median annual wage for all occupations in May 2008 was $32,390.