Projected employment in high-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s or graduate degree

March 17, 2004

Over the 2002-12 period, employment is projected to increase in many high-paying occupations that usually require a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Change in employment, large-growth, high-paying occupations usually requiring a bachelor’s or graduate degree, projected 2002-12
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For example, the 2012 employment projection for postsecondary teachers is 603,000 higher than were employed in 2002. Two other teaching occupations are projected to have large increases in employment. The number of elementary school teachers, except special education, is projected to increase by 223,000; and secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education, are expected to increase by 180,000.

These data come from the Employment Projections program. For additional employment projections information, see Occupational Employment in Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2003-04. The occupations featured in the chart, in addition to usually requiring a bachelor’s or graduate degree, also have annual earnings, based on 2002 data, classified as “very high” ($41,820 or higher) or “high” ($27,500 to $41,780).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Projected employment in high-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s or graduate degree on the Internet at (visited September 30, 2016).


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