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Employment Projections

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

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Table 5.2 Employment, wages, and projected change in employment by typical entry-level education (Employment in thousands)

Typical entry-level education

Employment, 2019

Employment distribution, percent, 2019

Employment change, percent, 2019–29

Median annual wage, 2020(1)

Total, all occupations

162,795.6

100.0

3.7

$41,950

Doctoral or professional degree

4,412.8

2.7

5.9

$110,200

Master's degree

2,633.9

1.6

15.0

$78,210

Bachelor's degree

36,864.2

22.6

6.4

$77,920

Associate's degree

3,601.6

2.2

6.2

$56,590

Postsecondary nondegree award

10,093.2

6.2

5.6

$41,520

Some college, no degree

4,085.0

2.5

-0.1

$37,770

High school diploma or equivalent

62,410.0

38.3

1.5

$39,070

No formal educational credential

38,694.8

23.8

3.3

$27,510

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.
Note: The occupational employment and growth rates shown in this table include projected growth in all jobs from 2019–29, not just entry-level jobs. Entry-level education reflects 2019 requirements—BLS does not project educational requirements.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Modified Date: April 12, 2021