May 06, 2010
Some occupations will fare better than others over the 2008–18 decade. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by almost 582,000 jobs between 2008 and 2018.
Registered nurses' projected growth rate of 22 percent is well above the 10-percent average for all occupations. Employment growth for registered nurses will be driven by the medical needs of an aging population. In addition, registered nurses are expected to provide more primary care as a low-cost alternative to physician-provided care. Job opportunities should be excellent.
The number of home health aides and personal and home care aides is projected to grow by 836,700 over the over the 2008–18 period. The 48-percent projected growth rate of home health aides and personal and home care aides is also much faster than average. Growth is expected to stem from a rise in the number of elderly people, an age group that relies increasingly on home care for assistance with daily activities. This growth, together with the need to replace workers who leave the occupation permanently, should result in excellent job prospects. (Home health aides and personal and home care aides comprise two occupations that are tabulated separately.)
Employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is expected to increase by 760,700, which is about average growth in percentage terms. Job growth for food and beverage serving and related workers is projected due to an expanding population and the continued popularity of dining out. Opportunities should be excellent. (Food and beverage serving and related workers comprise several occupations that are tabulated separately.)