Employment Projections

Fastest growing occupations

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Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2014 and projected 2024
(Numbers in thousands)

2014 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2014–24

Median annual wage, 2015(1)

2014

2024

Number

Percent

Total, all occupations

00-0000

150,539.9

160,328.8

9,788.9

6.5

$36,200

Wind turbine service technicians

49-9081

4.4

9.2

4.8

108.0

$51,050

Occupational therapy assistants

31-2011

33.0

47.1

14.1

42.7

$57,870

Physical therapist assistants

31-2021

78.7

110.7

31.9

40.6

$55,170

Physical therapist aides

31-2022

50.0

69.5

19.5

39.0

$25,120

Home health aides

31-1011

913.5

1,261.9

348.4

38.1

$21,920

Commercial divers

49-9092

4.4

6.0

1.6

36.9

$50,470

Nurse practitioners

29-1171

126.9

171.7

44.7

35.2

$98,190

Physical therapists

29-1123

210.9

282.7

71.8

34.0

$84,020

Statisticians

15-2041

30.0

40.1

10.1

33.8

$80,110

Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

53-3011

19.6

26.1

6.5

33.0

$23,740

Occupational therapy aides

31-2012

8.8

11.6

2.7

30.6

$27,800

Physician assistants

29-1071

94.4

123.2

28.7

30.4

$98,180

Operations research analysts

15-2031

91.3

118.9

27.6

30.2

$78,630

Personal financial advisors

13-2052

249.4

323.2

73.9

29.6

$89,160

Cartographers and photogrammetrists

17-1021

12.3

15.9

3.6

29.3

$61,880

Genetic counselors

29-9092

2.4

3.1

0.7

28.8

$72,090

Interpreters and translators

27-3091

61.0

78.5

17.5

28.7

$44,190

Audiologists

29-1181

13.2

16.9

3.8

28.6

$74,890

Hearing aid specialists

29-2092

5.9

7.5

1.6

27.2

$49,600

Optometrists

29-1041

40.6

51.6

11.0

27.0

$103,900

Forensic science technicians

19-4092

14.4

18.2

3.8

26.6

$56,320

Web developers

15-1134

148.5

188.0

39.5

26.6

$64,970

Occupational therapists

29-1122

114.6

145.1

30.4

26.5

$80,150

Diagnostic medical sonographers

29-2032

60.7

76.7

16.0

26.4

$68,970

Personal care aides

39-9021

1,768.4

2,226.5

458.1

25.9

$20,980

Phlebotomists

31-9097

112.7

140.8

28.1

24.9

$31,630

Ophthalmic medical technicians

29-2057

37.0

46.1

9.1

24.7

$35,350

Nurse midwives

29-1161

5.3

6.6

1.3

24.6

$92,510

Solar photovoltaic installers

47-2231

5.9

7.4

1.4

24.3

$37,830

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

29-2041

241.2

299.6

58.5

24.2

$31,980

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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