Occupational Employment Projections

BLS provides projections of occupational employment, occupation within industry employment, occupational separations, and information on education by occupation.

Methodology and Definitions

The production of occupational projections is described in detail on the Employment Projections program's methodology page and in chapter 13 of the BLS Handbook of Methods. (PDF). 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 occupational data definitions page.

Data Tables

All occupational tables in a single file (XLSX)

Occupational Employment Databases

The National Employment Matrix database displays data on 2016 and projected 2026 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 2016 and projected 2026 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.

Most Recent Analysis

Other Occupation Analysis

Data for Researchers

National Employment Matrix

  • Industry-occupation matrix, by industry for 2016–26 (ZIP, 14.9 MB)
    This file contains a set of individual XLSX tables containing detailed occupational employment for each industry in the National Employment Matrix.
  • Industry-occupation matrix, by occupation for 2016–26 (ZIP, 21.0 MB)
    This file contains a set of individual XLSX tables containing detailed industry employment for each occupation in the National Employment Matrix.
  • National Employment Matrix, 2016–26 (XLSX, 8.4 MB)
    The National Employment Matrix for 2016–26 is an industry-occupation matrix with survey-based data for 2016 and projected data for 2026. The file has 119,175 records.

Factors Affecting Occupational Utilization

Directories and Crosswalks

  • Industry employment directory (XLSX)
    The National Employment Matrix combines the industry structures used to report estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES), the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), and Current Populations Survey (CPS) programs. Data from OES, CES, and CPS used to construct the matrix are coded to the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
  • Occupational employment directory including a complete listing of occupation titles and codes (XLSX)
    The National Employment Matrix occupational structure is based on the structure used by the OES program, which includes detailed occupations from the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
  • 2016 National Employment Matrix/SOC to ACS Crosswalk (XLSX)
    National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the American Community Survey (ACS).
  • 2016 National Employment Matrix/SOC to CPS Crosswalk (XLSX)
    National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
  • O*NET-SOC to Occupational Outlook Handbook Crosswalk (XLSX)
    O*NET-SOC equivalents from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Contact Us

  • Via e-mail.
  • Via telephone at 202-691-5700.
  • Via mail to: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001.

Last Modified Date: October 26, 2017