Occupations projected to add most new jobs, 2012 to 2022

January 27, 2014

The 30 occupations that are projected to add the most new jobs by 2022 are expected to account for almost half of all new jobs. Over the 2012 to 2022 period, personal care aides is projected to add 580,800 new jobs, more than any other occupation, corresponding to a growth rate of 48.8 percent.

 

Change in employment and projected 2022 employment for occupations with the largest numeric projected growth in jobs, 2012 to 2022
OccupationProjected change, 2012–2022Projected employment in 2022
Employment (number of jobs)Percent change

Total, all occupations(1)

15,628,00010.80%160,983,700

Personal care aides

580,80048.81,771,400

Registered nurses

526,80019.43,238,400

Retail salespersons

434,7009.84,881,700

Home health aides

424,20048.51,299,300

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

421,90014.23,391,200

Nursing assistants

312,20021.11,792,000

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

307,80013.22,632,300

Customer service representatives

298,70012.62,661,400

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

280,00012.12,604,000

Construction laborers

259,80024.31,331,000

General and operations managers

244,10012.42,216,800

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

241,90011.02,439,200

Carpenters

218,20024.21,119,400

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

204,60011.42,004,500

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

192,60011.31,894,100

Medical secretaries

189,20036.0714,900

Childcare workers

184,10014.01,496,800

Office clerks, general

184,1006.23,167,600

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

183,40012.81,618,000

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

182,90024.8921,300

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

171,50012.11,589,600

Elementary school teachers, except special education

167,90012.31,529,100

Accountants and auditors

166,70013.11,442,200

Medical assistants

162,90029.0723,700

Cooks, restaurant

150,10014.71,174,200

Software developers, applications

139,90022.8752,900

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

139,20012.41,264,000

Receptionists and information clerks

135,90013.51,142,600

Management analysts

133,80018.6852,500

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

132,0008.91,612,800
Footnotes:

 

(1) Total includes occupations not shown.

 

 

Of the 30 occupations projected to experience the largest employment increases, 5 are in healthcare. Combined, these 5 occupations are projected to add 1.6 million jobs over the 2012–2022 decade. The number of registered nurses is projected to grow by 526,800 (or 19.4 percent), while the number of home health aides is expected to increase by 424,200 (48.5 percent).

The 7 office and administrative support occupations listed in the table of 30 occupations projected to experience the largest employment increases are projected to account for 1.5 million new jobs. This large numeric growth reflects the large size of most of these occupations. The number of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is expected to grow from 2,324,400 to 2,632,300 over the 2012–2022 period, an increase of 307,800 (or 13.2 percent).

Two-thirds of the occupations projected to add the most new jobs typically require a high school diploma or less, while only five typically require a bachelor’s degree.

These data are from the BLS Employment Projections program. For more information, see the Monthly Labor Review article, "Occupational employment projections to 2022," by Emily Richards and Dave Terkanian, December 2013. Additional information about these and many other occupations may be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Note that the chart does not show all 30 of the occupations projected to add the most new jobs by 2022. However, all 30 are listed on the accompanying table.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Occupations projected to add most new jobs, 2012 to 2022 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140127.htm (visited October 24, 2014).

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