April 04, 2013
In May 2012, computer network support specialists, with employment of 167,980, and nurse practitioners, with employment of 105,780, were two of the largest new occupations in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. There are 24 newly defined detailed occupations in the 2010 SOC system.
|Occupation||Employment||Mean annual wage|
Computer network support specialists
Computer network architects
Information security analysts
Transportation security screeners
Financial clerks, all other
Special education teachers, all other
Community health workers
Food processing workers, all other
Magnetic resonance imaging technologists
Ophthalmic medical technicians
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
Special education teachers, preschool
Hearing aid specialists
Solar photovoltaic installers
Wind turbine service technicians
Other large newly defined occupations include computer network architects, with employment of 137,890, and web developers, with employment of 102,940. Phlebotomists, who draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research, had employment of 100,380 in May 2012. Some new occupations were quite small: genetic counselors, wind turbine service technicians, and solar photovoltaic installers each had employment of less than 5,000.
Several newly defined occupations earned high wages relative to the U.S. annual mean of $45,790. Nurse anesthetists had an annual mean wage of $154,390, nurse practitioners, $91,450, and nurse midwives, $91,070. Information security analysts had an annual mean wage of $89,290 and computer network architects, $94,000.
Orderlies, with an annual mean wage of $25,700, was among the lowest paid occupations new to the 2010 SOC. Phlebotomists ($30,910), ophthalmic medical technicians ($35,590), and community health workers ($37,490) also had wages below the U.S. average.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and wages for newly defined occupations, May 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130404.htm (visited May 05, 2016).
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