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Employment Projections

Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3A Fastest growing occupations, 2020 and projected 2030, excluding occupations with above average cyclical recovery(1)
(Numbers in thousands)

2020 National Employment Matrix title

2020 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2020

Employment, 2030

Employment

change,

2020–30

Percent

employment

change,

2020–30

Median annual wage,

2020(2)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

153,533.8

165,413.7

11,879.9

7.7

$41,950

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

6.9

11.7

4.7

68.2

$56,230

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

220.3

335.2

114.9

52.2

$111,680

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

11.8

17.9

6.1

52.1

$46,470

Statisticians

15-2041

42.0

56.9

14.9

35.4

$92,270

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

93.8

126.9

33.2

35.4

$59,770

Information security analysts

15-1212

141.2

188.3

47.1

33.3

$103,590

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,470.7

4,600.6

1,129.9

32.6

$27,080

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

429.8

569.4

139.6

32.5

$104,280

Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other

15-2098

63.2

83.0

19.8

31.4

$98,230

Physician assistants

29-1071

129.4

169.5

40.1

31.0

$115,390

Epidemiologists

19-1041

7.8

10.2

2.3

29.6

$74,560

Logisticians

13-1081

191.0

247.3

56.4

29.5

$76,270

Speech-language pathologists

29-1127

158.1

203.5

45.4

28.7

$80,480

Animal trainers

39-2011

60.2

77.4

17.2

28.5

$31,520

Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

51-9162

27.1

34.5

7.4

27.4

$57,740

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.4

3.1

0.6

26.2

$85,700

Crematory operators and personal care and service workers, all other

39-9098

80.5

100.5

19.9

24.8

$28,420

Operations research analysts

15-2031

104.1

129.7

25.6

24.6

$86,200

Actuaries

15-2011

27.7

34.5

6.8

24.5

$111,030

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

242.7

301.6

58.9

24.3

$99,090

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-2022

3.0

3.7

0.7

23.9

$42,150

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

81.4

100.7

19.3

23.7

$52,330

Athletic trainers

29-9091

30.0

37.0

7.0

23.4

$49,860

Respiratory therapists

29-1126

135.1

166.2

31.1

23.0

$62,810

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

21-1018

327.5

402.6

75.1

22.9

$47,660

Food preparation and serving related workers, all other

35-9099

71.2

87.4

16.2

22.8

$27,080

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

25-1072

72.6

88.9

16.3

22.4

$75,470

Woodworkers, all other

51-7099

9.5

11.6

2.1

22.2

$33,630

Phlebotomists

31-9097

129.6

158.4

28.8

22.2

$36,320

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,847.9

2,257.4

409.5

22.2

$110,140

Footnotes:
  (1) Data excludes occupations that had a decline in wage and salary employment greater than the decline for all occupations from 2019 to 2020 (approximately 6%). These excluded occupations may have fast growth rates that do not reflect structural growth but only cyclical recovery.
  (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