Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2016 and projected 2026
(Numbers in thousands)

2016 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2016–26

Median annual wage, 2018(1)

2016

2026

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

156,063.8

167,582.3

11,518.6

7.4

$38,640

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

11.3

23.1

11.8

104.9

$42,680

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

5.8

11.3

5.6

96.3

$54,370

Home health aides

31-1011

911.5

1,342.7

431.2

47.3

$24,200

Personal care aides

39-9021

2,016.1

2,793.8

777.6

38.6

$24,020

Physician assistants

29-1071

106.2

145.9

39.6

37.3

$108,610

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

155.5

211.6

56.1

36.1

$107,030

Statisticians

15-2041

37.2

49.8

12.6

33.8

$87,780

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

88.3

115.8

27.4

31.0

$58,040

Software developers, applications

15-1132

831.3

1,086.6

255.4

30.7

$103,620

Mathematicians

15-2021

3.1

4.0

0.9

29.7

$101,900

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

52.0

67.2

15.3

29.4

$26,240

Bicycle repairers

49-3091

12.4

16.1

3.6

29.3

$28,960

Medical assistants

31-9092

634.4

818.4

183.9

29.0

$33,610

Genetic counselors

29-9092

3.1

4.0

0.9

29.0

$80,370

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

39.3

50.7

11.4

28.9

$60,220

Information security analysts

15-1122

100.0

128.5

28.5

28.5

$98,350

Physical therapists

29-1123

239.8

306.9

67.1

28.0

$87,930

Operations research analysts

15-2031

114.0

145.3

31.3

27.4

$83,390

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-2022

1.7

2.2

0.5

26.6

$39,600

Massage therapists

31-9011

160.3

202.4

42.1

26.3

$41,420

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

233.5

294.0

60.6

25.9

$97,370

Derrick operators, oil and gas

47-5011

11.1

13.9

2.8

25.7

$46,120

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-5071

50.0

62.4

12.4

24.8

$37,580

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

7.5

9.3

1.8

24.7

$28,160

Phlebotomists

31-9097

122.7

152.8

30.1

24.5

$34,480

Nonfarm animal caretakers

39-2021

241.5

300.0

58.5

24.2

$23,760

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

47-5012

16.7

20.8

4.0

24.2

$53,800

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

25-1072

67.9

84.2

16.3

24.0

$73,490

Occupational therapists

29-1122

130.4

161.4

31.0

23.8

$84,270

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

47-5013

41.4

51.1

9.7

23.4

$47,860

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

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