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Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2019 and projected 2029
(Numbers in thousands)

2019 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2019–29

Median annual wage, 2019(1)

2019

2029

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

162,795.6

168,834.7

6,039.2

3.7

$39,810

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

7.0

11.3

4.3

60.7

$52,910

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

211.3

322.0

110.7

52.4

$109,820

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

12.0

18.1

6.1

50.5

$44,890

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

47.1

63.5

16.3

34.6

$61,510

Statisticians

15-2041

42.7

57.5

14.8

34.6

$91,160

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,439.7

4,599.2

1,159.5

33.7

$25,280

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

98.7

130.9

32.2

32.6

$58,790

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

422.3

555.5

133.2

31.5

$100,980

Physician assistants

29-1071

125.5

164.8

39.3

31.3

$112,260

Information security analysts

15-1212

131.0

171.9

40.9

31.2

$99,730

Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other

15-2098

33.2

43.4

10.3

30.9

$94,280

Derrick operators, oil and gas

47-5011

12.0

15.7

3.7

30.5

$46,990

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

47-5012

20.9

26.6

5.6

26.9

$54,980

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-5071

58.5

73.1

14.7

25.1

$38,910

Speech-language pathologists

29-1127

162.6

203.1

40.5

24.9

$79,120

Operations research analysts

15-2031

105.1

131.3

26.1

24.8

$84,810

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

21-1018

319.4

398.4

79.0

24.7

$46,240

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-2022

2.3

2.8

0.5

24.3

$45,270

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,417.3

1,744.6

327.3

23.1

$27,790

Animal caretakers

39-2021

300.7

369.5

68.8

22.9

$24,780

Service unit operators, oil and gas

47-5013

51.7

63.6

11.8

22.9

$46,740

Marriage and family therapists

21-1013

66.2

80.9

14.8

22.3

$49,610

Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

51-9162

25.7

31.3

5.6

21.9

$56,450

Film and video editors

27-4032

38.3

46.5

8.3

21.6

$63,780

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,469.2

1,785.2

316.0

21.5

$107,510

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.6

3.2

0.6

21.5

$81,880

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.6

61.3

10.8

21.3

$27,000

Massage therapists

31-9011

166.7

201.1

34.4

20.6

$42,820

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

254.0

306.1

52.1

20.5

$97,320

Helpers--extraction workers

47-5081

16.9

20.3

3.4

20.2

$37,120

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: Data is unavailable for values denoted with a "—".
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: September 1, 2020