Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2014 and projected 2024
(Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2016(1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$37,040

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

4.4

9.2

4.8

108.0

$52,260

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

33.0

47.1

14.1

42.7

$59,010

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

78.7

110.7

31.9

40.6

$56,610

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.0

69.5

19.5

39.0

$25,680

Home health aides

31-1011

913.5

1,261.9

348.4

38.1

$22,600

Commercial divers

49-9092

4.4

6.0

1.6

36.9

$49,090

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

126.9

171.7

44.7

35.2

$100,910

Physical therapists

29-1123

210.9

282.7

71.8

34.0

$85,400

Statisticians

15-2041

30.0

40.1

10.1

33.8

$80,500

Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

53-3011

19.6

26.1

6.5

33.0

$23,850

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

8.8

11.6

2.7

30.6

$28,330

Physician assistants

29-1071

94.4

123.2

28.7

30.4

$101,480

Operations research analysts

15-2031

91.3

118.9

27.6

30.2

$79,200

Personal financial advisors

13-2052

249.4

323.2

73.9

29.6

$90,530

Cartographers and photogrammetrists

17-1021

12.3

15.9

3.6

29.3

$62,750

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.4

3.1

0.7

28.8

$74,120

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

61.0

78.5

17.5

28.7

$46,120

Audiologists

29-1181

13.2

16.9

3.8

28.6

$75,980

Hearing aid specialists

29-2092

5.9

7.5

1.6

27.2

$50,250

Optometrists

29-1041

40.6

51.6

11.0

27.0

$106,140

Forensic science technicians

19-4092

14.4

18.2

3.8

26.6

$56,750

Web developers

15-1134

148.5

188.0

39.5

26.6

$66,130

Occupational therapists

29-1122

114.6

145.1

30.4

26.5

$81,910

Diagnostic medical sonographers

29-2032

60.7

76.7

16.0

26.4

$69,650

Personal care aides

39-9021

1,768.4

2,226.5

458.1

25.9

$21,920

Phlebotomists

31-9097

112.7

140.8

28.1

24.9

$32,710

Ophthalmic medical technicians

29-2057

37.0

46.1

9.1

24.7

$35,530

Nurse midwives

29-1161

5.3

6.6

1.3

24.6

$99,770

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

5.9

7.4

1.4

24.3

$39,240

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

29-2041

241.2

299.6

58.5

24.2

$32,670

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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