Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2016 and projected 2026
(Numbers in thousands)

2016 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2016–26

Median annual wage, 2016(1)

2016

2026

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

156,063.8

167,582.3

11,518.6

7.4

$37,040

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

11.3

23.1

11.8

104.9

$39,240

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

5.8

11.3

5.6

96.3

$52,260

Home health aides

31-1011

911.5

1,342.7

431.2

47.3

$22,600

Personal care aides

39-9021

2,016.1

2,793.8

777.6

38.6

$21,920

Physician assistants

29-1071

106.2

145.9

39.6

37.3

$101,480

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

155.5

211.6

56.1

36.1

$100,910

Statisticians

15-2041

37.2

49.8

12.6

33.8

$80,500

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

88.3

115.8

27.4

31.0

$56,610

Software developers, applications

15-1132

831.3

1,086.6

255.4

30.7

$100,080

Mathematicians

15-2021

3.1

4.0

0.9

29.7

$105,810

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

52.0

67.2

15.3

29.4

$25,680

Bicycle repairers

49-3091

12.4

16.1

3.6

29.3

$27,630

Medical assistants

31-9092

634.4

818.4

183.9

29.0

$31,540

Genetic counselors

29-9092

3.1

4.0

0.9

29.0

$74,120

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

39.3

50.7

11.4

28.9

$59,010

Information security analysts

15-1122

100.0

128.5

28.5

28.5

$92,600

Physical therapists

29-1123

239.8

306.9

67.1

28.0

$85,400

Operations research analysts

15-2031

114.0

145.3

31.3

27.4

$79,200

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-2022

1.7

2.2

0.5

26.6

$36,230

Massage therapists

31-9011

160.3

202.4

42.1

26.3

$39,860

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

233.5

294.0

60.6

25.9

$99,360

Derrick operators, oil and gas

47-5011

11.1

13.9

2.8

25.7

$48,130

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-5071

50.0

62.4

12.4

24.8

$37,340

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

7.5

9.3

1.8

24.7

$28,330

Phlebotomists

31-9097

122.7

152.8

30.1

24.5

$32,710

Nonfarm animal caretakers

39-2021

241.5

300.0

58.5

24.2

$21,990

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

47-5012

16.7

20.8

4.0

24.2

$54,430

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

25-1072

67.9

84.2

16.3

24.0

$69,130

Occupational therapists

29-1122

130.4

161.4

31.0

23.8

$81,910

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

47-5013

41.4

51.1

9.7

23.4

$48,610

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wage data cover non-farm wage and salary workers and do not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, or household workers.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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