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December __, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Employment growth in health care occupations, May 2004–May 2008

Home health aides was one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations between May 2004 and May 2008. Home health aides had the greatest absolute and percentage employment increase from May 2004 to May 2008, increasing by 293,650, or 54.3 percent.

Employment and employment growth, selected healthcare occupations in the health care and social assistance sector, May 2004–May 2008
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Medical assistants had faster percentage growth, at 24.4 percent, than registered nurses, which grew 10.2 percent.

Two relatively small occupations, radiologic technologists and technicians and emergency medical technicians and paramedics, both grew at a faster pace than most occupations shown, by 18.2 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively.

These data are from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. To learn more, see the OES chart book, "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008," Bulletin 2732, December 2009.

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