Occupations that Need More Education for Entry are Projected to Grow Faster Than Average

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Employment, wages, and projected change in employment by typical entry-level education (Employment in thousands)

Typical entry-level education

2016 Employment

Employment change, 2016–26 (percent)

Median annual wage, 2016(1)

Number

Percent distribution

Total, all occupations

156,063.8

100.0

7.4

$37,040

Doctoral or professional degree

4,230.9

2.7

13.4

$102,230

Master's degree

2,670.6

1.7

15.8

$68,090

Bachelor's degree

33,372.4

21.4

10.0

$71,550

Associate's degree

3,617.9

2.3

10.9

$51,270

Postsecondary nondegree award

9,582.9

6.1

10.8

$36,860

Some college, no degree

3,858.4

2.5

4.2

$34,520

High school diploma or equivalent

61,504.1

39.4

5.2

$35,540

No formal educational credential

37,226.7

23.9

6.4

$22,410

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

Note: The occupational employment and growth rates shown in this table include projected growth in all jobs from 2016—26, not just entry-level jobs. Entry-level education reflects 2016 requirements—BLS does not project educational requirements.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: October 24, 2017