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Winter 2011–12 Vol. 55, Number 4

Occupational employment


 

Occupations that have the most job openings and have an associate's degree or postsecondary non-degree award as the typical level of education needed to enter the occupation, projected 2010-20, in thousands of openings

Occupation

From growth

From replacement needs

Total job openings

Median annual wages, May 2010

Experience

On-the-job training

Registered nurses

712

496

1,207

64,690

None

None

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

302

194

496

24,010

None

None

General and operations managers

82

329

410

94,400

1 to 5 years

None

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

169

201

369

40,380

None

None

Preschool teachers, except special education

114

119

232

25,700

None

None

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

98

120

218

22,760

None

None

Dental assistants

92

62

154

33,470

None

None

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

90

47

138

42,530

None

Long-term on-the-job training

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

75

45

121

30,360

None

None

Construction managers

87

34

120

83,860

More than 5 years

None

Firefighters

27

86

112

45,250

None

Long-term on-the-job training

Dental hygienists

69

36

105

68,250

None

None

Radiologic technologists and technicians

61

34

95

54,340

None

None

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

11

77

88

53,090

1 to 5 years

None

Paralegals and legal assistants

47

37

83

46,680

None

None

Medical records and health information technicians

38

36

74

32,350

None

None

Library technicians

10

49

60

29,860

None

None

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

28

31

59

54,710

None

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Massage therapists

31

25

56

34,900

None

None

Veterinary technologists and technicians

42

14

56

29,710

None

None

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