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Employment Projections

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

2019 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2019

Employment, 2029

Employment change, numeric, 2019–29

Employment change, percent, 2019–29

Median annual wage, 2020(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

162,795.6

168,834.7

6,039.2

3.7

$41,950

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

7.0

11.3

4.3

60.7

$56,230

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

211.3

322.0

110.7

52.4

$111,680

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

12.0

18.1

6.1

50.5

$46,470

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

47.1

63.5

16.3

34.6

$62,940

Statisticians

15-2041

42.7

57.5

14.8

34.6

$92,270

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,439.7

4,599.2

1,159.5

33.7

$27,080

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

98.7

130.9

32.2

32.6

$59,770

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

422.3

555.5

133.2

31.5

$104,280

Physician assistants

29-1071

125.5

164.8

39.3

31.3

$115,390

Information security analysts

15-1212

131.0

171.9

40.9

31.2

$103,590

Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other

15-2098

33.2

43.4

10.3

30.9

$98,230

Derrick operators, oil and gas

47-5011

12.0

15.7

3.7

30.5

$47,920

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

47-5012

20.9

26.6

5.6

26.9

$53,820

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-5071

58.5

73.1

14.7

25.1

$39,420

Speech-language pathologists

29-1127

162.6

203.1

40.5

24.9

$80,480

Operations research analysts

15-2031

105.1

131.3

26.1

24.8

$86,200

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

21-1018

319.4

398.4

79.0

24.7

$47,660

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-2022

2.3

2.8

0.5

24.3

$42,150

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,417.3

1,744.6

327.3

23.1

$28,800

Animal caretakers

39-2021

300.7

369.5

68.8

22.9

$26,080

Service unit operators, oil and gas

47-5013

51.7

63.6

11.8

22.9

$47,380

Marriage and family therapists

21-1013

66.2

80.9

14.8

22.3

$51,340

Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

51-9162

25.7

31.3

5.6

21.9

$57,740

Film and video editors

27-4032

38.3

46.5

8.3

21.6

$67,250

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,469.2

1,785.2

316.0

21.5

$110,140

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.6

3.2

0.6

21.5

$85,700

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.6

61.3

10.8

21.3

$28,450

Massage therapists

31-9011

166.7

201.1

34.4

20.6

$43,620

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

254.0

306.1

52.1

20.5

$99,090

Helpers--extraction workers

47-5081

16.9

20.3

3.4

20.2

$37,860

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

 

Last Modified Date: April 9, 2021