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Winter 2013–14 Vol. 57, Number 4

Occupational employment


 

Occupations that have the most job openings and that typically require an associate's degree or postsecondary non-degree award to enter the occupation, projected 2012-22, in thousands of openings

Occupation

Job openings, projected 2012-22 (in thousands)

Median annual wage, May 2012

Experience¹

Training²

From growth

From replacement needs

Total openings

Registered nurses

527

526

1,053

$65,470

None

None

Nursing assistants

312

281

594

24,420

None

None

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

193

272

465

38,200

None

Short-term on-the-job training

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

183

180

363

41,540

None

None

Medical assistants

163

107

270

29,370

None

None

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

78

143

221

22,700

None

None

Preschool teachers, except special education

76

123

199

27,130

None

None

Dental assistants

74

63

137

34,500

None

None

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

56

68

124

43,640

None

Long-term on-the-job training

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

55

65

121

31,020

None

None

Dental hygienists

64

49

114

70,210

None

None

Firefighters

20

84

104

45,250

None

Long-term on-the-job training

Paralegals and legal assistants

46

45

91

46,990

None

None

Medical records and health information technicians

41

49

90

34,160

None

None

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians

48

42

90

37,240

None

None

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

0

84

84

54,040

Less than 5 years

None

Radiologic technologists

42

28

70

54,620

None

None

Library technicians

9

57

66

30,660

None

None

Web developers

29

22

51

62,500

None

None

Phlebotomists

27

19

46

29,730

None

None

¹ Indicates whether work experience in a related occupation is also typically needed for entry into the occupation. Assignments are more than 5 years (5+), less than 5 years (<5), or none (N).

² Indicates whether on-the-job training is typically needed to attain competency in the occupation. Assignments are internship/residency (I/R), apprenticeship (A), long-term (L), moderate-term (M), short-term (S), or none (N).

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