February 28, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Employment projections by occupational group, 2010–2020

Projected 2020 employment and 2010–2020 change in employment, by major occupational group
Occupational group Projected change,
Projected 2020 employment

Total, all occupations

20,468,900 163,537,100

Office and administrative support occupations

2,335,700 24,938,200

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

2,019,700 9,819,000

Sales and related occupations

1,869,100 16,784,700

Healthcare support occupations

1,443,700 5,633,700

Construction and extraction occupations

1,407,200 7,735,200

Education, training, and library occupations

1,403,700 10,597,300

Personal care and service occupations

1,336,600 6,331,400

Transportation and material moving occupations

1,328,700 10,333,400

Business and financial operationsoccupations

1,172,500 7,961,700

Food preparation and serving related occupations

1,092,500 12,242,800

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

800,200 6,228,700

Computer and mathematical occupations

778,300 4,321,100

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

664,000 6,162,500

Management occupations

615,800 9,391,900

Community and social service occupations

582,300 2,985,000

Protective service occupations

364,500 3,667,000

Production occupations

356,800 8,951,200

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

342,500 3,051,000

Architecture and engineering occupations

252,800 2,686,200

Life, physical, and social science occupations

190,800 1,419,600

Legal occupations

131,000 1,342,900

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

-19,400 952,600

These data are featured in the TED article, Employment projections by occupational group, 2010–2020.




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