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Employment Projections

Employment by major occupational group

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Table 1.1A Employment by major occupational group, 2020, and projected 2030, including adjustments for pandemic recovery
 (Numbers in thousands)

2020 National Employment Matrix title

2020 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2020

Employment, 2030

Employment share, 2020

Employment share, 2030

Employment change, 2020–30

Percent employment change, 2020–30

Employment change, 2020–30, attributable to pandemic recovery(1)

Employment change, percent, 2020–30, excluding pandemic recovery(1)

Median annual wage, 2020(2)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

153,533.8

165,413.7

100.0

100.0

11,879.9

7.7

9261.8

1.7

$41,950

Management occupations

11-0000

9,782.3

10,689.1

6.4

6.5

906.8

9.3

906.8

0.0

$109,760

Business and financial operations occupations

13-0000

9,422.5

10,173.3

6.1

6.2

750.8

8.0

N/A

8.0

$72,250

Computer and mathematical occupations

15-0000

5,225.0

5,959.9

3.4

3.6

734.9

14.1

N/A

14.1

$91,350

Architecture and engineering occupations

17-0000

2,603.0

2,748.9

1.7

1.7

146.0

5.6

126.0

0.8

$83,160

Life, physical, and social science occupations

19-0000

1,444.0

1,557.8

0.9

0.9

113.8

7.9

16.3

6.8

$69,760

Community and social service occupations

21-0000

2,804.4

3,151.3

1.8

1.9

346.9

12.4

N/A

12.4

$47,520

Legal occupations

23-0000

1,328.7

1,445.2

0.9

0.9

116.6

8.8

6.9

8.3

$84,910

Educational instruction and library occupations

25-0000

9,134.7

10,055.2

5.9

6.1

920.5

10.1

609.9

3.4

$52,380

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

27-0000

2,662.2

3,011.4

1.7

1.8

349.2

13.1

261.4

3.3

$53,150

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

29-0000

9,011.4

9,985.9

5.9

6.0

974.6

10.8

122.4

9.5

$69,870

Healthcare support occupations

31-0000

6,837.8

8,418.0

4.5

5.1

1,580.1

23.1

175.5

20.5

$29,960

Protective service occupations

33-0000

3,417.2

3,703.7

2.2

2.2

286.4

8.4

198.7

2.6

$43,710

Food preparation and serving related occupations

35-0000

11,553.3

13,820.8

7.5

8.4

2,267.6

19.6

2208.0

0.5

$25,500

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

37-0000

5,168.8

5,555.6

3.4

3.4

386.8

7.5

386.8

0.0

$29,940

Personal care and service occupations

39-0000

3,870.4

4,711.4

2.5

2.8

841.0

21.7

841.0

0.0

$28,120

Sales and related occupations

41-0000

14,393.6

14,190.7

9.4

8.6

-202.9

-1.4

N/A

-1.4

$31,500

Office and administrative support occupations

43-0000

19,554.7

19,015.6

12.7

11.5

-539.2

-2.8

N/A

-2.8

$38,720

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

45-0000

1,061.8

1,088.4

0.7

0.7

26.6

2.5

26.6

0.0

$29,670

Construction and extraction occupations

47-0000

6,971.1

7,371.2

4.5

4.5

400.0

5.7

378.0

0.3

$48,610

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

49-0000

5,847.3

6,239.8

3.8

3.8

392.5

6.7

280.7

1.9

$48,750

Production occupations

51-0000

8,766.5

8,727.4

5.7

5.3

-39.0

-0.4

N/A

-0.4

$37,440

Transportation and material moving occupations

53-0000

12,673.2

13,793.3

8.3

8.3

1,120.1

8.8

461.5

5.2

$34,080

Footnotes:
  (1) Pandemic recovery represents the reversal of declines in employment between 2019 and 2020, for occupational groups that experienced declines during that period and that are projected to grow between 2020 and 2030.
  (2) Data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage 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: Data is unavailable for values denoted with a "—".
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Modified Date: September 8, 2021