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Employment and wages in 24 newly tracked occupations

July 06, 2016

BLS uses the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system to group jobs with similar duties into occupational categories. When the SOC is updated periodically, new occupational titles are added. With the latest update, in 2010, 24 new occupations were added. Many of these new occupational titles are the result of technological innovations that have made it necessary to create new categories, such as solar photovoltaic installers, computer network architects, and genetic counselors.

Employment and wages of occupations added to the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification System, May 2015 data
Occupation Mean annual wage Employment

Nurse anesthetists

$160,250 39,410

Computer network architects

103,100 146,600

Nurse practitioners

101,260 136,060

Nurse midwives

93,610 7,430

Information security analysts

93,250 88,880

Genetic counselors

74,570 2,520

Web developers

70,660 127,070

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

68,340 33,460

Computer network support specialists

67,260 184,570

Special education teachers, preschool

58,210 29,230

Special education teachers, all other

57,670 38,410


57,170 62,720

Wind turbine service technicians

53,030 3,950

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

52,990 25,470

Hearing aid specialists

52,850 5,920

Exercise physiologists

49,740 6,620

Financial clerks, all other

42,270 34,700

Community health workers

40,150 48,130

Solar photovoltaic installers

40,070 6,870

Transportation security screeners

40,050 41,820

Ophthalmic medical technicians

36,690 39,160


32,770 118,160


27,580 52,660

Food processing workers, all other

25,220 45,630

Of the 24 occupations added with the 2010 update, computer network support specialists had the highest employment level at 184,570 jobs in May 2015, followed by computer network architects (146,600), and nurse practitioners (136,060). The occupations with the highest mean annual wage in May 2015 were nurse anesthetists ($160,250), followed by computer network architects ($103,100), and nurse practitioners ($101,260).

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more about these data, see "Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2015" (HTML) (PDF). The Standard Occupational Classification system is used to classify occupations for statistical purposes. To learn more about the new occupations added, see What’s New in the 2010 SOC.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and wages in 24 newly tracked occupations at (visited May 20, 2024).

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