Occupations with the most job growth

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Table 1.4 Occupations with the most job growth, 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

Personal care aides

39-9021

2,016.1

2,793.8

777.6

38.6

$24,020

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

35-3021

3,452.2

4,032.1

579.9

16.8

$21,250

Registered nurses

29-1141

2,955.2

3,393.2

438.1

14.8

$71,730

Home health aides

31-1011

911.5

1,342.7

431.2

47.3

$24,200

Software developers, applications

15-1132

831.3

1,086.6

255.4

30.7

$103,620

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,384.6

2,621.2

236.5

9.9

$26,110

General and operations managers

11-1021

2,263.1

2,468.3

205.2

9.1

$100,930

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,628.4

2,828.1

199.7

7.6

$28,260

Medical assistants

31-9092

634.4

818.4

183.9

29.0

$33,610

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

2,600.5

2,783.0

182.5

7.0

$21,780

Nursing assistants

31-1014

1,510.3

1,683.7

173.4

11.5

$28,540

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,216.7

1,367.1

150.4

12.4

$35,800

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,231.9

1,377.2

145.3

11.8

$26,530

Accountants and auditors

13-2011

1,397.7

1,537.6

139.9

10.0

$70,500

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

595.4

733.7

138.3

23.2

$63,120

Customer service representatives

43-4051

2,784.5

2,920.8

136.3

4.9

$33,750

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

37-3011

1,197.9

1,333.1

135.2

11.3

$29,000

Medical secretaries

43-6013

574.2

703.2

129.0

22.5

$35,760

Management analysts

13-1111

806.4

921.6

115.2

14.3

$83,610

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,432.6

1,545.1

112.5

7.9

$38,300

Teacher assistants

25-9041

1,308.1

1,417.6

109.5

8.4

$26,970

Financial managers

11-3031

580.4

689.0

108.6

18.7

$127,990

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

1,871.7

1,980.1

108.4

5.8

$43,680

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-2021

1,410.9

1,514.9

104.1

7.4

$58,230

Stock clerks and order fillers

43-5081

2,008.6

2,109.6

100.9

5.0

$25,700

Teachers and instructors, all other

25-3099

993.9

1,091.8

98.0

9.9

$30,850

Receptionists and information clerks

43-4171

1,053.7

1,149.2

95.5

9.1

$29,140

Sales representatives, services, all other

41-3099

983.0

1,077.9

94.9

9.7

$54,550

Business operations specialists, all other

13-1199

1,023.9

1,114.3

90.3

8.8

$70,530

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

29-2061

724.5

813.4

88.9

12.3

$46,240

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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Last Modified Date: April 12, 2019