More than two-thirds of projected fastest growing occupations are in high wage jobs

December 09, 1999

BLS employment projections for 1998-2008 reveal that more than two-thirds of the 30 occupations expected to have the fastest employment growth had median hourly earnings in 1997 above the national median.

Fastest growing occupations by projected percent change in employment, 1998-2008
[Chart data—TXT]

Among those 30 fastest growing occupations, 11 are in the top quartile of median hourly earnings ($16.25 and over). The four occupations expected to experience the fastest employment growth—computer engineers, computer support specialists, systems analysts, and database administrators—all reported hourly earnings in the top quartile during 1997.

Ten of the 30 fastest growing occupations reported hourly earnings in the next highest quartile of earnings, from $10.89 to $16.14, during 1997. Desktop publishing specialists and paralegals and legal assistants are the two occupations expected to have the fastest employment growth in this earnings quartile from 1998 to 2008.

These projections data are a product of the BLS Employment Projections program. Find out more in "Occupational employment projections to 2008", by Douglas Braddock, Monthly Labor Review, November 1999.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, More than two-thirds of projected fastest growing occupations are in high wage jobs on the Internet at (visited September 24, 2016).


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