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Employment Projections

Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2021 and projected 2031
(Numbers in thousands)

2021 National Employment Matrix title

2021 National Employment Matrix code

Employment, 2021

Employment, 2031

Employment change, 2021–31

Percent employment change, 2021–31

Median annual wage, 2021(1)

Total, all occupations

00-0000

158,134.7

166,452.1

8,317.4

5.3

$45,760

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

246.7

359.4

112.7

45.7

$120,680

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

11.1

16.1

4.9

44.3

$56,260

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

39-3031

63.2

88.8

25.6

40.5

$24,440

Motion picture projectionists

39-3021

2.0

2.8

0.8

40.3

$29,350

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,255.6

1,715.6

459.9

36.6

$30,010

Data scientists

15-2051

113.3

153.9

40.5

35.8

$100,910

Athletes and sports competitors

27-2021

15.8

21.5

5.7

35.7

$77,300

Information security analysts

15-1212

163.0

219.5

56.5

34.7

$102,600

Statisticians

15-2041

34.2

45.3

11.2

32.7

$95,570

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

27-2023

13.2

17.4

4.2

31.7

$35,860

Web developers

15-1254

95.3

124.1

28.9

30.3

$77,030

Animal caretakers

39-2021

290.7

377.6

86.9

29.9

$28,600

Choreographers

27-2032

6.3

8.1

1.9

29.7

$42,700

Taxi drivers

53-3054

128.5

165.1

36.6

28.5

$29,310

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

480.7

616.9

136.2

28.3

$101,340

Logisticians

13-1081

195.0

249.1

54.1

27.7

$77,030

Physician assistants

29-1071

139.1

177.5

38.4

27.6

$121,530

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

17.1

21.7

4.6

27.2

$47,670

Animal trainers

39-2011

52.9

67.2

14.3

27.1

$31,280

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

96.5

122.1

25.6

26.5

$61,180

Software developers

15-1252

1,425.9

1,796.5

370.6

26.0

$120,730

Epidemiologists

19-1041

8.6

10.9

2.2

25.8

$78,830

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

43.4

54.5

11.0

25.4

$61,730

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,636.9

4,560.9

924.0

25.4

$29,430

Personal care and service workers, all other

39-9099

104.4

130.4

26.0

24.9

$29,610

Dancers

27-2031

6.2

7.7

1.5

24.5

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

25-1071

246.7

306.1

59.4

24.1

$102,720

Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other

39-3099

4.7

5.8

1.1

23.2

$24,170

Operations research analysts

15-2031

104.2

128.3

24.2

23.2

$82,360

Roustabouts, oil and gas

47-5071

37.3

45.9

8.6

23.0

$38,920

Footnotes:
(1) Data are from the Occupational Employment and Wage 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.
Note: Data is unavailable for values denoted with a "—".
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Modified Date: September 8, 2022