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In-Demand, Higher-Paying Occupations (2010-2020)

Note: This section presents data for 29 occupations that were selected based on three criteria: projected growth rate, projected number of new jobs added, and 2012 median annual earnings. The selected occupations have a projected growth rate above the 14.3 percent average for all occupations, they are projected to add 24,600** new jobs or more between 2010 and 2020, and had annual earnings above the median for all occupations ($34,460) in 2012.

**24,600 is the median number of projected new jobs among the full list of 64 rapid growth occupations (those with 29% or more growth projected by BLS for 2010-2020). 

In-Demand, Higher-Paying Occupations

Selected In-Demand Occupations, 2010-2020 Projections

Occupation Name

Projected Growth Rate 2010-2020[1]

Projected Growth Number (new jobs in thousands) 2010-2020[2]

Median Annual Earnings (2012)[3]

Typical Education Level for Entry[4]

Percent of Women Employed (2011)[5]

Accountants and auditors

15.70%

190.7

$63,550

Bachelor's

60%

Brickmasons and blockmasons

40.00%

41.8

$46,440

High School

0%

Cargo and freight agents

29.00%

24.1

$39,720

High School

26%

Carpenters

19.60%

196

$39,940

High School

1%

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

35.00%

50.1

$35,760

High School

0%

Cost estimators

36.00%

67.5

$58,860

Bachelor's

11%

Database Administrators

31.00%

33.9

$77,080

Bachelor's

39%

Dental hygienists

38.00%

68.5

$70,210

Associate's

98%

Elementary school teachers, except special ed

16.80%

248.8

$53,400

Bachelor's

80%

Healthcare social workers

34.00%

51.2

$49,830

Bachelor's

81%

Heating, Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers

34.00%

90.3

$43,640

Post-secondary

1%

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

20.60%

330.1

$38,200

High School

5%

Interpreters and translators

42.00%

24.6

$45,430

Bachelor's

68%

Licensed practical and vocational nurses

22.40%

168.5

$41,540

Post-secondary

92%

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

41.00%

116.6

$60,300

Bachelor's

57%

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

36.00%

36.4

$76,980

Doctoral or Professional

53%

Meeting, convention, and event planners

44.00%

31.3

$45,810

Bachelor's

77%

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

31.00%

39.5

$39,980

Bachelor's

81%

Mental health counselors

36%

43.6

$40,080

Master's

71%

Occupational therapist

33.00%

36.4

$75,400

Master's

92%

Personal Financial Advisors

32.00%

66.4

$67,520

Bachelor's

31%

Physical therapists

39.00%

77.4

$79,860

Master's

72%

Physical therapists assistants

46.00%

30.8

$52,160

Associate's

70%

Physician Assistants

30.00%

24.7

$90,930

Master's

67%

Physicians and surgeons

24.40%

168.3

$187,200

Doctoral or Professional

36%

Postsecondary teachers

17.40%

305.7

$62,390

Doctoral or Professional

48%

Registered Nurses

26.00%

711.9

$65,470

Associate's

91%

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

15.60%

223.4

$54,230

High School

27%

Software Developers, Systems Software

32.00%

127.2

$99,000

Bachelor's

22%


[1],[2],[4] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Projections Program. Table 1.7. "Occupational employment and job openings data, projected 2010-20, and worker characteristics, 2010."

[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Statistics. "May 2012 Occupational Profiles." http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm

[5] U.S. Census Bureau. 2011 American Community Survey. Note: The percentages for employment by gender come from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides data on occupations based on a modified version of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system that contains less detail tan the occupations from the Employment Projections program and the Occupational Employment Statistics used in this analysis. Some detailed occupations included in this analysis therefore have employment by gender percentages corresponding with ACS occupations that may group two or more detailed occupations.

 

Chart 1

Projected new jobs for 29 selected occupations by industry.

Text Version of Projected new jobs for 29 selected occupations by industry

 

Chart 2

Occupations by projected growth rate 2010-2020

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Chart 3

Occupations by projected number of new jobs 2010-2020

Text Version of Occupations by projected number of new jobs 2010-2020

 

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Occupations by median annual earnings

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Chart 5

Occupations by gender shares of employment

Text Version of Occupations by gender shares of employment.