Employment Projections

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Employment Projections

The Employment Projections program develops information about the labor market for the Nation as a whole for 10 years in the future; labor force trends by sex, race or Hispanic origin, and age; and employment trends by industry and occupation. In addition to this information, many other items of interest related to the outlook for jobs are available from this site.

Occupational Employment Databases

The National Employment Matrix database displays data on 2012 and projected 2022 employment and employment change. Users can search by occupation or by industry. For example, data on secretaries and executive assistants can be found across all industries in which they are employed, and data on the construction industry can be displayed by detailed occupation.

The Occupational Projections Data database displays data on 2012 and projected 2022 employment, employment change, job openings, education, training, and wages for each detailed National Employment Matrix occupation. Users can obtain specific data for any occupation in the matrix and compare the results with data on other detailed occupations.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a nationally recognized source of career information. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, wages, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Employment in the hundreds of occupations covered in the 2012—2013 Handbook accounts for about 9 out of every 10 jobs in the economy. The occupational information provides valuable assistance to individuals making career decisions about their future work lives.

The following surveys provide inputs for the BLS projections program.

State Occupational Projections

Projections Central provides occupational employment projections that are developed for all states. This site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among states. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one state. Contact information for State labor market information offices is available at http://www.bls.gov/bls/ofolist.htm.


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Last Modified Date: January 3, 2014

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