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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, 2020(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

153,533.8

165,413.7

11,879.9

7.7

$41,950

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,470.7

4,600.6

1,129.9

32.6

$27,080

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,153.2

1,716.7

563.5

48.9

$28,800

Fast food and counter workers

35-3023

3,455.5

3,973.0

517.5

15.0

$23,860

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

15-1256

1,847.9

2,257.4

409.5

22.2

$110,140

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

2,023.2

2,430.7

407.6

20.1

$23,740

Registered nurses

29-1141

3,080.1

3,356.8

276.8

9.0

$75,330

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,821.7

3,077.5

255.8

9.1

$31,120

General and operations managers

11-1021

2,411.9

2,638.2

226.3

9.4

$103,650

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

35-1012

915.4

1,106.1

190.8

20.8

$34,570

Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

53-3058

707.4

887.9

180.6

25.5

$32,320

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

740.9

904.5

163.6

22.1

$65,810

Bartenders

35-3011

492.3

652.3

159.9

32.5

$24,960

Security guards

33-9032

1,059.0

1,213.2

154.2

14.6

$31,050

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

429.8

569.4

139.6

32.5

$104,280

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2012

1,212.8

1,350.3

137.5

11.3

$26,220

Medical assistants

31-9092

720.9

853.5

132.6

18.4

$35,850

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,217.0

2,344.2

127.2

5.7

$29,080

Management analysts

13-1111

907.6

1,032.0

124.4

13.7

$87,660

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

1,951.6

2,073.6

122.1

6.3

$47,130

Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

39-9031

309.8

431.4

121.7

39.3

$40,510

Financial managers

11-3031

681.7

799.9

118.2

17.3

$134,180

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,444.1

1,561.1

117.0

8.1

$40,850

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

25-9045

1,306.3

1,422.3

116.0

8.9

$28,900

Nursing assistants

31-1131

1,396.7

1,512.0

115.3

8.3

$30,850

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

220.3

335.2

114.9

52.2

$111,680

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

39-5012

569.6

680.1

110.5

19.4

$27,380

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

35-9011

389.0

492.5

103.6

26.6

$25,010

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,285.2

1,388.3

103.2

8.0

$37,890

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-2021

1,371.1

1,472.9

101.7

7.4

$60,940

Light truck drivers

53-3033

1,035.8

1,136.8

101.1

9.8

$37,050

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: September 8, 2021