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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, 2020 and projected 2030 (Numbers in thousands)

2020 National Employment Matrix title

2020 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2020

Employment, 2030

Employment change, 2020–30

Percent employment change, 2020–30

Median annual wage, 2021(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

153,533.8

165,413.7

11,879.9

7.7

$45,760

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,470.7

4,600.6

1,129.9

32.6

$29,430

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,153.2

1,716.7

563.5

48.9

$30,010

Fast food and counter workers

35-3023

3,455.5

3,973.0

517.5

15.0

$25,100

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,847.9

2,257.4

409.5

22.2

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

2,023.2

2,430.7

407.6

20.1

$26,000

Registered nurses

29-1141

3,080.1

3,356.8

276.8

9.0

$77,600

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,821.7

3,077.5

255.8

9.1

$31,230

General and operations managers

11-1021

2,411.9

2,638.2

226.3

9.4

$97,970

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

35-1012

915.4

1,106.1

190.8

20.8

$36,570

Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

53-3058

707.4

887.9

180.6

25.5

$36,080

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

740.9

904.5

163.6

22.1

$63,920

Bartenders

35-3011

492.3

652.3

159.9

32.5

$26,350

Security guards

33-9032

1,059.0

1,213.2

154.2

14.6

$31,470

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

429.8

569.4

139.6

32.5

$101,340

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2012

1,212.8

1,350.3

137.5

11.3

$28,780

Medical assistants

31-9092

720.9

853.5

132.6

18.4

$37,190

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,217.0

2,344.2

127.2

5.7

$29,760

Management analysts

13-1111

907.6

1,032.0

124.4

13.7

$93,000

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

1,951.6

2,073.6

122.1

6.3

$48,310

Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

39-9031

309.8

431.4

121.7

39.3

$40,700

Financial managers

11-3031

681.7

799.9

118.2

17.3

$131,710

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,444.1

1,561.1

117.0

8.1

$43,180

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

25-9045

1,306.3

1,422.3

116.0

8.9

$29,360

Nursing assistants

31-1131

1,396.7

1,512.0

115.3

8.3

$30,310

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

220.3

335.2

114.9

52.2

$120,680

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

39-5012

569.6

680.1

110.5

19.4

$29,670

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

35-9011

389.0

492.5

103.6

26.6

$27,170

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,285.2

1,388.3

103.2

8.0

$37,770

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-2021

1,371.1

1,472.9

101.7

7.4

$61,400

Light truck drivers

53-3033

1,035.8

1,136.8

101.1

9.8

$38,280

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage 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, 19, 2022