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 between 2012 and 2022. Many of the charts in this section show the occupations or occupational groups that are expected to grow fastest (highest percent growth) or gain the most jobs (highest numeric growth) in the coming decade.
Between 2012 and 2022, overall employment is projected to grow by about 11 percent. This overall growth rate is shown as a dotted vertical line in the first and fourth charts.
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 otherwise leave an occupation permanently. Some of the charts show the occupations that 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.
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