December 2004, Vol. 127, No.12
New and emerging occupations
Economist, Formerly in the Division of Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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According to the OES survey, in 2001, most new and emerging (N&E) occupations were in firms with fewer than 100 employees. No single industry dominated in the creation and growth of these occupations. (See chart 1.) More than one-half of these were distributed among human services, transportation, communications, business and personal services, and a wide variety of wholesale and retail trade activities. Slightly more than half of all N&E occupations were paid in a range of $8.50 to $17. (See chart 2.) No single State or single occupational classification dominated in the creation of N&E occupations; however, healthcare, management, and production occupations were the three most frequent occupation classifications observed. (See chart 3.) Information on specific occupations that are new or emerging is presented below.1
1 For information on the concepts and methodology of identifying new and emerging occupations, as well as detailed data on the findings of the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, see Jerome Pikulinski, "New and Emerging Occupations" (PDF), Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Bulletin 2567, September 2004).
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