When choosing a career, jobseekers often
want to know which occupations offer the
best prospects. Generally, occupations that
have rapid job growth, many new jobs, or many job
openings—and good wages—promise better opportunities.
This section shows how employment in particular
occupations is projected to change from 2010 to 2020.
Many of the charts in this section show which occupations
or occupational groups are expected to grow
fastest (highest percent growth) or gain the most jobs
(highest numeric growth).
Between 2010 and 2020, overall employment is projected
to grow by about 14 percent. This rate is shown
as a dotted vertical line in the chart on page 11.
But when it comes to employment prospects, job
growth tells only part of the story. Job openings for
workers also come from the need to replace workers
who retire or permanently leave an occupation for
other reasons. Some charts show which occupations are
expected to have the most openings for workers who are
entering the occupation. These charts show projected
openings both from job growth and from replacement
needs (the need to replace workers who leave).
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