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Winter 2009-10 Vol. 53, Number 4

Occupational employment


 

Graduate degree

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a master’s, doctoral, or first-professional degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a master’s, doctoral, or first-professional degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Completion of a master’s degree usually requires 1 or 2 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. A doctoral degree (such as a Ph.D.) or a first professional degree (such as a medical or law degree) usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Most high-growth occupations in these educational categories are related to healthcare, education, and social services. The projected increase in the number of postsecondary teachers reflects expanding college enrollments. And the employment growth for physicians and surgeons and other medical occupations reflects an aging population’s increased demand for medical services.

 

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a master’s, doctoral, or first-professional degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a master’s, doctoral, or first-professional degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Between 2008 and 2018, nearly 300,000 job openings for postsecondary teachers are expected to arise from the need to replace existing teachers who retire or leave the occupation permanently for other reasons.

 

Bachelor’s or graduate degree plus work experience

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a bachelor’s or graduate degree plus work experience, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a bachelor’s or graduate degree plus work experience, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Occupations in this category often require a bachelor’s or graduate degree and experience in a closely related occupation.

Nearly all of these occupations have managerial responsibilities, and jobs are usually filled by experienced staff who are promoted into managerial positions.

 

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a bachelor’s or graduate degree plus work experience, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a bachelor’s or graduate degree plus work experience, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Within this category, general and operations managers are expected to have the most job openings over the 2008–18 decade. Because this occupation is large, many new workers will be needed to replace those who retire or leave permanently for other reasons.

 

Bachelor’s degree

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a bachelor’s degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require a bachelor’s degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Completion of a bachelor’s degree usually requires at least 4 years of full-time academic study beyond high school.

Most of these occupations relate to business, computers, or education. As businesses continue to invest in information technology, demand for workers in several computer-related occupations will grow. Several occupations involved in recruiting, training, and managing a qualified workforce are also expected to have significant job growth over the projections decade.

 

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a bachelor’s degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require a bachelor’s degree, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Thousands of openings for workers who have a bachelor’s degree are expected in a variety of occupations. The large number of projected openings for teachers reflects the size of teaching occupations, the need to replace teachers who are expected to retire, and rising student enrollments.

 

Associate degree or postsecondary vocational award

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require an associate degree or postsecondary vocational award, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most growth and that usually require an associate degree or postsecondary vocational award, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Completion of an associate degree usually requires 2 years of full-time academic study beyond high school. Postsecondary vocational programs vary in length and range from several weeks to 1 year or more. Completion of these programs often leads to a certificate or other award but not an academic degree.

At this level of training, occupations that are projected to gain the most jobs are largely related to healthcare, reflecting the growing medical needs of an aging population.

 

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require an associate degree or postsecondary vocational award, projected 2008–18, in thousands

Occupations that have the most job openings and that usually require an associate degree or postsecondary vocational award, projected 2008–18, in thousands
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Over the 2008–18 decade, more than 1 million job openings are expected for registered nurses seeking employment in the occupation for the first time.

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