The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of US Department of Labor, has a very interesting and comprehensive study on the jobs and occupations projections. The report titled ‘Tomorrow’s Jobs’ is quite telling in terms of expected growth in employment over the period of 2006 to 2016.
The chart/graph here provides a snap-shot of the fastest growing occupations in USA – the change in the total employment by occupation groups projected over 2006 – 2016.
The top occupations that are expected to enjoy the highest percentage increase are:
Professional and related occupations: These occupations cover a wide range of skilled professions. Professional and related occupations are expected to increase by 16.7%. Among the top beneficiaries include:
-Computer and mathematical occupations,
-Health-care practitioners and technical occupations,
-Education, training, and library occupations
Services: Employment in service sector is projected to increase by 16.7%, tied with professional and related occupations for the fastest rate of growth. The services occupations that are expected to grow the fastest include:
-Serving related occupations
-Health-care support occupations
-Personal care and service service occupations
Management, business, and financial occupations: The employment is expected to increase by 10.4% by 2016 in this category. Among top growth projections are:
-Accountants and auditors and business operation specialists
-Financial analysts and personal financial advisers
Construction and extraction occupations: Employment of these workers is expected to grow 9.5%. Construction trades and related workers will account for about 80% of these new jobs out of this category.
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations: These occupations is projected to grow by 9.3%. The main trades include:
-Automotive service technicians and mechanics
-General maintenance and repair workers
-Locksmiths and safe repairers
Sales and related occupations: This field provides services to businesses and consumers. Sales and related occupations are expected to grow by 7.6%, with main contribution coming from retail sales-persons.
Office and administrative support occupations: Office and administrative support occupations employment is expected to grow by 7.2% by 2016. The customer service representatives will add the most new jobs.
Transportation and material moving occupations: Transportation and material moving occupations are projected to increase by 4.5 %. Motor vehicle operators are expected to add the most jobs.
As you can see in the chart, farming, fishing, and forestry along with production occupations are expected to see overall decline.
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