Top occupations, 2014 and projected 2024

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Top occupations, 2014 and projected 2024 (Numbers in thousands)
Top occupations, 2014 and projected 2024 (Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title

Employment change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2015(1)

Number

Percent

Fastest growing occupations, 2014 and projected 2024

Wind turbine service technicians

4.8

108.0

$51,050

Occupational therapy assistants

14.1

42.7

$57,870

Physical therapist assistants

31.9

40.6

$55,170

Physical therapist aides

19.5

39.0

$25,120

Home health aides

348.4

38.1

$21,920

 

Occupations with the most new jobs, 2014 and projected 2024

Personal care aides

458.1

25.9

$20,980

Registered nurses

439.3

16.0

$67,490

Home health aides

348.4

38.1

$21,920

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

343.5

10.9

$18,910

Retail salespersons

314.2

6.8

$21,780

 

Fastest growing occupations that require a bachelor's degree or higher for entry, 2014 and projected 2024

Nurse practitioners

44.7

35.2

$98,190

Physical therapists

71.8

34.0

$84,020

Statisticians

10.1

33.8

$80,110

Physician assistants

28.7

30.4

$98,180

Operations research analysts

27.6

30.2

$78,630

 

Fastest growing occupations that require some postsecondary education, 2014 and projected 2024

Wind turbine service technicians

4.8

108.0

$51,050

Occupational therapy assistants

14.1

42.7

$57,870

Physical therapist assistants

31.9

40.6

$55,170

Commercial divers

1.6

36.9

$50,470

Web developers

39.5

26.6

$64,970

Footnotes:
  1 Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: April 15, 2016