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Employment Projections

Occupations with the most job growth

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Table 1.4 Occupations with the most job growth, 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

Home health and personal care aides

31-1120

3,636.9

4,560.9

924.0

25.4

$29,430

Cooks, restaurant

35-2014

1,255.6

1,715.6

459.9

36.6

$30,010

Software developers

15-1252

1,425.9

1,796.5

370.6

26.0

$120,730

Fast food and counter workers

35-3023

3,195.6

3,438.8

243.2

7.6

$25,100

General and operations managers

11-1021

3,118.4

3,328.2

209.8

6.7

$97,970

Waiters and waitresses

35-3031

1,904.4

2,101.4

197.0

10.3

$26,000

Registered nurses

29-1141

3,130.6

3,326.0

195.4

6.2

$77,600

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

53-7062

2,806.5

2,974.8

168.4

6.0

$31,230

Stockers and order fillers

53-7065

2,472.7

2,630.6

157.9

6.4

$30,110

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

13-1161

792.5

942.8

150.3

19.0

$63,920

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

35-1012

1,093.1

1,238.7

145.7

13.3

$36,570

Medical and health services managers

11-9111

480.7

616.9

136.2

28.3

$101,340

Financial managers

11-3031

730.8

854.0

123.1

16.8

$131,710

Medical assistants

31-9092

743.5

861.3

117.8

15.8

$37,190

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2012

1,237.4

1,353.8

116.4

9.4

$28,780

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

246.7

359.4

112.7

45.7

$120,680

Light truck drivers

53-3033

1,109.7

1,220.4

110.7

10.0

$38,280

Management analysts

13-1111

950.6

1,059.0

108.4

11.4

$93,000

Bartenders

35-3011

514.0

606.0

92.0

17.9

$26,350

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

53-3032

2,094.7

2,185.6

90.9

4.3

$48,310

Animal caretakers

39-2021

290.7

377.6

86.9

29.9

$28,600

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

37-2011

2,298.4

2,383.9

85.5

3.7

$29,760

Computer and information systems managers

11-3021

509.1

591.5

82.4

16.2

$159,010

Accountants and auditors

13-2011

1,449.8

1,531.6

81.8

5.6

$77,250

Lawyers

23-1011

833.1

913.3

80.2

9.6

$127,990

Managers, all other

11-9199

1,305.8

1,384.3

78.4

6.0

$124,650

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

21-1018

351.0

428.5

77.5

22.1

$48,520

Maintenance and repair workers, general

49-9071

1,539.1

1,615.3

76.3

5.0

$43,180

Preschool teachers, except special education

25-2011

483.1

556.0

72.9

15.1

$30,210

Construction laborers

47-2061

1,358.4

1,430.3

71.9

5.3

$37,770

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