Occupations with the most job growth

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Table 1.4 Occupations with the most job growth, 2016 and projected 2026
(Numbers in thousands)

2016 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2016–26

Median annual wage, 2016(1)

2016

2026

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

156,063.8

167,582.3

11,518.6

7.4

$37,040

Personal care aides

39-9021

2,016.1

2,770.1

754.0

37.4

$21,920

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

35-3021

3,452.2

4,032.1

579.9

16.8

$19,440

Registered nurses

29-1141

2,955.2

3,392.2

437.0

14.8

$68,450

Home health aides

31-1011

911.5

1,337.0

425.6

46.7

$22,600

Software developers, applications

15-1132

831.3

1,084.6

253.4

30.5

$100,080

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,384.6

2,617.7

233.0

9.8

$24,190

General and operations managers

11-1021

2,263.1

2,469.0

205.9

9.1

$99,310

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,628.4

2,829.2

200.8

7.6

$25,980

Medical assistants

31-9092

634.4

819.0

184.6

29.1

$31,540

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

2,600.5

2,783.0

182.5

7.0

$19,990

Nursing assistants

31-1014

1,510.3

1,674.4

164.0

10.9

$26,590

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,216.7

1,370.0

153.3

12.6

$33,430

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,231.9

1,377.2

145.3

11.8

$24,140

Accountants and auditors

13-2011

1,397.7

1,538.0

140.3

10.0

$68,150

Customer service representatives

43-4051

2,784.5

2,920.5

136.0

4.9

$32,300

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

595.4

731.4

136.0

22.8

$62,560

Medical secretaries

43-6013

574.2

703.2

129.1

22.5

$33,730

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

37-3011

1,197.9

1,321.2

123.3

10.3

$26,320

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

1,871.7

1,985.5

113.8

6.1

$41,340

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,432.6

1,545.3

112.7

7.9

$36,940

Teacher assistants

25-9041

1,308.1

1,417.6

109.5

8.4

$25,410

Financial managers

11-3031

580.4

688.8

108.4

18.7

$121,750

Elementary school teachers, except special education

25-2021

1,410.9

1,514.9

104.1

7.4

$55,800

Stock clerks and order fillers

43-5081

2,008.6

2,109.9

101.3

5.0

$23,840

Management analysts

13-1111

806.4

902.8

96.5

12.0

$81,330

Receptionists and information clerks

43-4171

1,053.7

1,149.4

95.7

9.1

$27,920

Sales representatives, services, all other

41-3099

983.0

1,077.2

94.2

9.6

$52,490

Teachers and instructors, all other

25-3099

993.9

1,086.4

92.5

9.3

$30,110

Business operations specialists, all other

13-1199

1,023.9

1,114.1

90.2

8.8

$69,040

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

29-2061

724.5

813.1

88.6

12.2

$44,090

Footnotes:
  (1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wage data cover non-farm wage and salary workers and do not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, or household workers.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: October 24, 2017