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Projected openings in occupations with large shares of African Americans

| February 2019

Blacks or African Americans made up about 12 percent of all workers in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But in some occupations, their share was more than double or even triple that. And, as the chart shows, these occupations are projected to have thousands of openings each year, on average, from 2016 to 2026 for workers of all races.

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Chart. Projected openings in selected occupations with large shares of Blacks or African Americans, 2016–26 annual average
Occupations Occupational openings, 2016–26 annual average Black or African American, percent of total employed 2018

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

379,100 36

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

158,900 31

Bus drivers

88,900 29

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

62,700 30

Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers

32,700 29

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

32,700 28

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

18,900 24

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

13,600 25

Barbers

6,200 30

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

5,200 41

Note: Data on projected openings are for all workers, not limited to Blacks or African Americans.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections (projected openings) and Current Population Survey (percentage of Blacks or African Americans).

Collectively, the occupations in the chart are projected to have more than 725,000 annual openings, on average, over the decade. More than half of those openings (379,100 per year) are expected to be for nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides, the occupation in the chart with the second-largest share (about 36 percent) of Black workers. About 41 percent of mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators were Black, the highest percentage of any occupation for the race group.

Data on shares of Blacks or African Americans are from the BLS Current Population Survey. Data on projected openings are from the BLS Employment Projections Program. Learn about the occupations in the chart and hundreds of others in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

About the Author

Elka Torpey is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. She can be reached at torpey.elka@bls.gov .

Suggested citation:

Elka Torpey, "Projected openings in occupations with large shares of African Americans," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2019.

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