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  • Fastest Growing Occupations

    Table 1.3 Fastest growing occupations, 2008 and projected 2018
    (Numbers in thousands)
    2008 National Employment Matrix title and code Major occupational group Employment Change,
    2008-18
    Median Annual wage quartile, 2008 Most significant source of postsecondary education or training
    2008 2018 Number Percent
    Biomedical engineers 17-2031 Professional and related 16.0 27.6 11.6 72.02 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Network systems and data communications analysts 15-1081 Professional and related 292.0 447.8 155.8 53.36 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Home health aides 31-1011 Service 921.7 1382.6 460.9 50.01 VL Short-term on-the-job training
    Personal and home care aides 39-9021 Service 817.2 1,193.0 375.8 45.99 VL Short-term on-the-job training
    Financial examiners 13-2061 Management, business, and financial 27.0 38.1 11.1 41.16 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 19-1042 Professional and related 109.4 153.6 44.2 40.36 VH Doctoral degree
    Physician assistants 29-1071 Professional and related 74.8 103.9 29.2 38.99 VH Master’s degree
    Skin care specialists 39-5094 Service 38.8 53.5 14.7 37.86 L Postsecondary vocational award
    Biochemists and biophysicists 19-1021 Professional and related 23.2 31.9 8.7 37.42 VH Doctoral degree
    Athletic trainers 29-9091 Professional and related 16.3 22.4 6.0 36.95 H Bachelor’s degree
    Physical therapist aides 31-2022 Service 46.1 62.8 16.7 36.29 L Short-term on-the-job training
    Dental hygienists 29-2021 Professional and related 174.1 237.0 62.9 36.14 VH Associate degree
    Veterinary technologists and technicians 29-2056 Professional and related 79.6 108.1 28.5 35.77 L Associate degree
    Dental assistants 31-9091 Service 295.3 400.9 105.6 35.75 L Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Computer software engineers, applications 15-1031 Professional and related 514.8 689.9 175.1 34.01 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Medical assistants 31-9092 Service 483.6 647.5 163.9 33.9 L Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Physical therapist assistants 31-2021 Service 63.8 85.0 21.2 33.28 H Associate degree
    Veterinarians 29-1131 Professional and related 59.7 79.4 19.7 32.95 VH First professional degree
    Self-enrichment education teachers 25-3021 Professional and related 253.6 334.9 81.3 32.05 H Work experience in a related occupation
    Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 13-1041 Management, business, and financial 260.2 341.0 80.8 31.05 H Long-term on-the-job training
    Occupational therapist aides 31-2012 Service 7.8 10.2 2.4 30.74 L Short-term on-the-job training
    Environmental engineers 17-2081 Professional and related 54.3 70.9 16.6 30.62 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Pharmacy technicians 29-2052 Professional and related 326.3 426.0 99.8 30.57 L Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Computer software engineers, systems software 15-1032 Professional and related 394.8 515.0 120.2 30.44 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Survey researchers 19-3022 Professional and related 23.4 30.5 7.1 30.36 H Bachelor’s degree
    Physical therapists 29-1123 Professional and related 185.5 241.7 56.2 30.27 VH Master’s degree
    Personal financial advisors 13-2052 Management, business, and financial 208.4 271.2 62.8 30.13 VH Bachelor’s degree
    Environmental engineering technicians 17-3025 Professional and related 21.2 27.5 6.4 30.1 H Associate degree
    Occupational therapist assistants 31-2011 Service 26.6 34.6 7.9 29.78 H Associate degree
    Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 39-9031 Service 261.1 337.9 76.8 29.41 L Postsecondary vocational award
    Source: Employment Projections Program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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