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BLS provides projections of employment by industry and occupation, as well as projections of occupational separations.
The production of occupational projections is described in detail on the Employment Projections program's methodology page and in the BLS Handbook of Methods. Note: BLS adopted a new separations methodology with the 2016–26 projections. Further detail is presented in Occupational Separations Methodology.
Definitions of the occupational data presented by the Employment Projections program are available on our data definitions page.
All occupational tables in a single file (XLSX)
The National Employment Matrix database displays data on base- and projected-year employment and employment change. Users can search by occupation or by industry. For example, data on secretaries and executive assistants can be found across all industries in which they are employed, and data on the construction industry can be displayed by detailed occupation.
The Occupational Projections Data database displays data on employment, employment change, occupational openings, education, training, and wages for each detailed National Employment Matrix occupation. Users can obtain specific data for any occupation in the matrix and compare the results with data on other detailed occupations.
Colato, Javier; Dubina, Kevin; Kim, Janie-Lynn; and Rieley, Michael, "Projections Overview and Highlights, 2021–31," Monthly Labor Review, Forthcoming 2022.
This tool displays National Employment Matrix data for all detailed occupational employment in a given industry.
This tool displays National Employment Matrix for all detailed industry employment in a given occupation.
The National Employment Matrix is an industry-occupation matrix with survey-based data for 2021 and projected data for 2031.
The National Employment Matrix combines the industry structures used to report estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES), the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS), and Current Populations Survey (CPS) programs. Data from OEWS, CES, and CPS used to construct the matrix are coded to the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
The occupational structure of the Matrix is based on the structure used by the OEWS program, which is currently using the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
More information about the Standard Occupational Classification system is available at: www.bls.gov/soc/
More information about how the OEWS program classifies occupations is available at: https://www.bls.gov/oes/soc_2018.htm
National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the American Community Survey (ACS).
National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
National Employment Matrix and Occupational Outlook Handbook equivalents from O*NET/SOC 2019.
Index of job titles and their corresponding Occupational Outlook Handbook profile titles.
Last Modified Date: January 5, 2023