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Employment Projections

Occupations with the most job growth

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Table 1.4 Occupations with the most job growth, 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

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,439.7

4,599.2

1,159.5

33.7

$27,080

Fast food and counter workers

35-3023

4,047.7

4,508.6

460.9

11.4

$23,860

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,417.3

1,744.6

327.3

23.1

$28,800

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,469.2

1,785.2

316.0

21.5

$110,140

Registered nurses

29-1141

3,096.7

3,318.7

221.9

7.2

$75,330

General and operations managers

11-1021

2,486.4

2,630.2

143.8

5.8

$103,650

Medical assistants

31-9092

725.2

864.4

139.2

19.2

$35,850

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

422.3

555.5

133.2

31.5

$104,280

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

738.1

868.4

130.3

17.7

$65,810

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,986.0

3,111.7

125.7

4.2

$31,120

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

37-3011

1,188.0

1,307.9

119.9

10.1

$31,730

Nursing assistants

31-1131

1,528.5

1,645.5

116.9

7.6

$30,850

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

211.3

322.0

110.7

52.4

$111,680

Financial managers

11-3031

697.9

806.0

108.1

15.5

$134,180

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,374.2

2,479.8

105.6

4.4

$29,080

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

2,613.8

2,711.4

97.6

3.7

$23,740

Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

53-3058

853.3

947.8

94.4

11.1

$32,320

Management analysts

13-1111

876.3

970.2

93.8

10.7

$87,660

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

13-1198

1,361.8

1,441.6

79.8

5.9

$77,420

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

21-1018

319.4

398.4

79.0

24.7

$47,660

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,398.0

1,473.4

75.4

5.4

$37,890

Social and human service assistants

21-1093

425.6

497.1

71.5

16.8

$35,960

Animal caretakers

39-2021

300.7

369.5

68.8

22.9

$26,080

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

29-2061

721.7

787.4

65.7

9.1

$48,820

Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

41-3091

1,070.5

1,134.7

64.2

6.0

$58,770

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,516.4

1,579.4

63.0

4.2

$40,850

Industrial machinery mechanics

49-9041

399.4

461.7

62.3

15.6

$55,490

Electricians

47-2111

739.2

801.4

62.2

8.4

$56,900

Accountants and auditors

13-2011

1,436.1

1,497.9

61.7

4.3

$73,560

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

35-1012

1,039.3

1,100.2

60.9

5.9

$34,570

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