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Employment by major occupational group, 2016 and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)
2016 National Employment Matrix title and codeEmploymentChange, 2016–26
20162026NumberPercentMedian annual wage, 2016(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000156,063.8 167,582.3 11,518.67.4$37,040

Management occupations

11-00009,533.1 10,340.4 807.38.5$100,790

Business and financial operations occupations

13-00008,066.8 8,840.7 773.89.6$66,530

Computer and mathematical occupations

15-00004,419.0 5,026.5 607.513.7$82,830

Architecture and engineering occupations

17-00002,601.0 2,795.4 194.37.5$77,900

Life, physical, and social science occupations

19-00001,299.5 1,424.3 124.89.6$63,340

Community and social service occupations

21-00002,570.7 2,942.6 371.914.5$42,990

Legal occupations

23-00001,283.3 1,399.5 116.29.1$79,650

Education, training, and library occupations

25-00009,426.5 10,315.4 888.99.4$48,000

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

27-00002,772.9 2,941.0 168.16.1$47,190

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

29-00008,751.5 10,088.1 1,336.615.3$63,420

Healthcare support occupations

31-00004,315.6 5,335.2 1,019.623.6$27,910

Protective service occupations

33-00003,505.6 3,663.8 158.24.5$38,660

Food preparation and serving related occupations

35-000013,206.1 14,438.1 1,232.09.3$20,810

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

37-00005,654.1 6,177.9 523.89.3$24,700

Personal care and service occupations

39-00006,419.7 7,647.4 1,227.619.1$22,710

Sales and related occupations

41-000015,747.8 16,206.5 458.72.9$26,590

Office and administrative support occupations

43-000023,081.2 23,230.8 149.60.6$34,050

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

45-00001,060.1 1,056.7 -3.5-0.3$23,510

Construction and extraction occupations

47-00006,812.5 7,560.0 747.611.0$43,610

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

49-00005,905.4 6,293.6 388.26.6$43,440

Production occupations

51-00009,356.9 8,950.0 -406.9-4.3$33,130

Transportation and material moving occupations

53-000010,274.2 10,908.4 634.36.2$30,730
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

Fastest growing occupations, 2016 and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)
2016 National Employment Matrix title and codeEmploymentChange, 2016–26
20162026NumberPercentMedian annual wage, 2016(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000156,063.8167,582.311,518.67.4$37,040

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-223111.323.111.8104.9$39,240

Wind turbine service technicians

49-90815.811.35.696.3$52,260

Home health aides

31-1011911.51,342.7431.247.3$22,600

Personal care aides

39-90212,016.12,793.8777.638.6$21,920

Physician assistants

29-1071106.2145.939.637.3$101,480

Nurse practitioners

29-1171155.5211.656.136.1$100,910

Statisticians

15-204137.249.812.633.8$80,500

Physical therapist assistants

31-202188.3115.827.431.0$56,610

Software developers, applications

15-1132831.31,086.6255.430.7$100,080

Mathematicians

15-20213.14.00.929.7$105,810

Physical therapist aides

31-202252.067.215.329.4$25,680

Bicycle repairers

49-309112.416.13.629.3$27,630

Medical assistants

31-9092634.4818.4183.929.0$31,540

Genetic counselors

29-90923.14.00.929.0$74,120

Occupational therapy assistants

31-201139.350.711.428.9$59,010

Information security analysts

15-1122100.0128.528.528.5$92,600

Physical therapists

29-1123239.8306.967.128.0$85,400

Operations research analysts

15-2031114.0145.331.327.4$79,200

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

33-20221.72.20.526.6$36,230

Massage therapists

31-9011160.3202.442.126.3$39,860

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071233.5294.060.625.9$99,360

Derrick operators, oil and gas

47-501111.113.92.825.7$48,130

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-507150.062.412.424.8$37,340

Occupational therapy aides

31-20127.59.31.824.7$28,330

Phlebotomists

31-9097122.7152.830.124.5$32,710

Nonfarm animal caretakers

39-2021241.5300.058.524.2$21,990

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

47-501216.720.84.024.2$54,430

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

25-107267.984.216.324.0$69,130

Occupational therapists

29-1122130.4161.431.023.8$81,910

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

47-501341.451.19.723.4$48,610
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

Occupations with the most job growth, 2016 and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)
2016 National Employment Matrix title and codeEmploymentChange, 2016-26
20162026NumberPercentMedian annual wage, 2016(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000156,063.8167,582.311,518.67.4$37,040

Personal care aides

39-90212,016.12,793.8777.638.6$21,920

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

35-30213,452.24,032.1579.916.8$19,440

Registered nurses

29-11412,955.23,393.2438.114.8$68,450

Home health aides

31-1011911.51,342.7431.247.3$22,600

Software developers, applications

15-1132831.31,086.6255.430.7$100,080

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-20112,384.62,621.2236.59.9$24,190

General and operations managers

11-10212,263.12,468.3205.29.1$99,310

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-70622,628.42,828.1199.77.6$25,980

Medical assistants

31-9092634.4818.4183.929.0$31,540

Waiters and waitresses

35-30312,600.52,783.0182.57.0$19,990

Nursing assistants

31-10141,510.31,683.7173.411.5$26,590

Construction laborers

47-20611,216.71,367.1150.412.4$33,430

Cooks, restaurant

35-20141,231.91,377.2145.311.8$24,140

Accountants and auditors

13-20111,397.71,537.6139.910.0$68,150

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161595.4733.7138.323.2$62,560

Customer service representatives

43-40512,784.52,920.8136.34.9$32,300

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

37-30111,197.91,333.1135.211.3$26,320

Medical secretaries

43-6013574.2703.2129.022.5$33,730

Management analysts

13-1111806.4921.6115.214.3$81,330

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-90711,432.61,545.1112.57.9$36,940

Teacher assistants

25-90411,308.11,417.6109.58.4$25,410

Financial managers

11-3031580.4689.0108.618.7$121,750

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-30321,871.71,980.1108.45.8$41,340

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-20211,410.91,514.9104.17.4$55,800

Stock clerks and order fillers

43-50812,008.62,109.6100.95.0$23,840

Teachers and instructors, all other

25-3099993.91,091.898.09.9$30,110

Receptionists and information clerks

43-41711,053.71,149.295.59.1$27,920

Sales representatives, services, all other

41-3099983.01,077.994.99.7$52,490

Business operations specialists, all other

13-11991,023.91,114.390.38.8$69,040

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

29-2061724.5813.488.912.3$44,090
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

Fastest declining occupations, 2016 and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)
2016 National Employment Matrix title and codeEmploymentChange, 2016–26
20162026NumberPercentMedian annual wage, 2016(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000156,063.8167,582.311,518.67.4$37,040

Locomotive firers

53-40121.20.3-0.9-78.6$58,230

Respiratory therapy technicians

29-205410.84.7-6.1-56.3$49,780

Parking enforcement workers

33-30419.46.1-3.3-35.3$37,950

Word processors and typists

43-902274.950.1-24.8-33.1$38,740

Watch repairers

49-90641.81.2-0.5-29.7$36,740

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

49-209612.19.0-3.1-25.6$32,220

Foundry mold and coremakers

51-407112.59.5-3.0-24.0$34,790

Pourers and casters, metal

51-40528.46.5-2.0-23.4$36,180

Computer operators

43-901151.539.7-11.8-22.8$42,270

Telephone operators

43-20219.17.0-2.0-22.6$37,000

Mine shuttle car operators

53-71111.51.2-0.3-21.9$56,450

Electromechanical equipment assemblers

51-202345.735.9-9.8-21.4$33,350

Data entry keyers

43-9021203.8160.6-43.3-21.2$30,100

Postmasters and mail superintendents

11-913114.211.2-3.0-20.9$71,670

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022218.9173.3-45.6-20.8$31,310

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers

51-202114.111.2-2.9-20.7$33,940

Grinding and polishing workers, hand

51-902226.621.1-5.4-20.5$28,720

Timing device assemblers and adjusters

51-20930.80.6-0.2-20.1$37,040

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-201193.274.7-18.5-19.9$28,030

Prepress technicians and workers

51-511134.627.7-6.9-19.9$38,930

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-403212.39.9-2.4-19.5$36,410

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

51-606322.217.9-4.3-19.3$27,470

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-403517.614.2-3.4-19.3$39,840

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-402219.215.5-3.7-19.2$36,930

Legal secretaries

43-6012194.7157.5-37.1-19.1$44,180

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

51-915126.922.0-4.9-18.1$26,470

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51-606111.39.2-2.0-18.1$27,270

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

51-201141.834.5-7.3-17.4$50,050

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011685.3566.2-119.2-17.4$55,860

Engine and other machine assemblers

51-203138.031.5-6.5-17.2$41,210
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

Occupations with the largest job declines, 2016 and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)
2016 National Employment Matrix title and codeEmploymentChange, 2016–26
20162026NumberPercentMedian annual wage, 2016(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000156,063.8167,582.311,518.67.4$37,040

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

43-60142,536.22,371.3-164.9-6.5$34,820

Team assemblers

51-20921,130.9985.9-145.0-12.8$30,060

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

43-6011685.3566.2-119.2-17.4$55,860

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

51-9061520.7465.2-55.5-10.7$36,780

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

51-2022218.9173.3-45.6-20.8$31,310

Data entry keyers

43-9021203.8160.6-43.3-21.2$30,100

Tellers

43-3071502.7460.9-41.8-8.3$27,260

Postal service mail carriers

43-5052316.7278.5-38.2-12.1$58,110

Legal secretaries

43-6012194.7157.5-37.1-19.1$44,180

Correctional officers and jailers

33-3012450.0415.5-34.5-7.7$42,820

Assemblers and fabricators, all other

51-2099232.4199.8-32.6-14.0$28,550

Office clerks, general

43-90613,117.73,086.0-31.8-1.0$30,580

Cashiers

41-20113,555.53,524.9-30.6-0.9$20,180

Cooks, fast food

35-2011517.6490.5-27.1-5.2$19,860

Sewing machine operators

51-6031153.9128.2-25.7-16.7$23,670

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

43-30311,730.51,705.3-25.2-1.5$38,390

Word processors and typists

43-902274.950.1-24.8-33.1$38,740

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4072145.4123.6-21.8-15.0$30,480

Computer programmers

15-1131294.9273.6-21.3-7.2$79,840

Printing press operators

51-5112178.7160.2-18.6-10.4$35,530

Switchboard operators, including answering service

43-201193.274.7-18.5-19.9$28,030

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

49-2022237.6219.4-18.2-7.6$53,640

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

43-5053106.789.1-17.5-16.5$56,220

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

13-1023309.4292.1-17.4-5.6$63,300

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-4031192.7175.9-16.8-8.7$32,370

File clerks

43-4071135.0121.0-14.0-10.4$29,090

Chief executives

11-1011308.9296.8-12.1-3.9$181,210

Computer operators

43-901151.539.7-11.8-22.8$42,270

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

51-204177.065.2-11.8-15.3$37,730

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

51-402172.361.3-11.0-15.2$33,870
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

Last Modified Date: March 6, 2018