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Title Employment Change Average Annual Typical education needed for entry 2017
Average Annual OES Wage
2016 2026 Level Percent Exits Transfers Change Openings
311011 Home Health Aides 26,041 35,851 9,810 37.67 % 1,880 1,564 981 4,425 No formal educational credential $30,740 
152041 Statisticians 3,092 4,213 1,121 36.25 % 77 189 112 378 Master's degree $99,550 
472231 Solar Photovoltaic Installers 295 389 94 31.86 % 14 22 45 High school diploma or equivalent $54,330 
251071 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 3,753 4,872 1,119 29.82 % 158 164 112 434 Doctoral or professional degree $117,520 
291171 Nurse Practitioners 6,299 8,031 1,732 27.50 % 139 205 173 517 Master's degree $120,140 
291071 Physician Assistants 3,031 3,862 831 27.42 % 60 122 83 265 Master's degree $106,770 
251072 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 1,586 2,018 432 27.24 % 66 69 43 178 Master's degree $82,200 
399021 Personal Care Aides 76,801 97,330 20,529 26.73 % 6,949 5,234 2,053 14,236 No formal educational credential $28,810 
151132 Software Developers, Applications 29,064 36,629 7,565 26.03 % 449 1,613 756 2,818 Bachelor's degree $108,680 
151122 Information Security Analysts 3,325 4,172 847 25.47 % 67 182 85 334 Bachelor's degree $106,520 
392021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 6,477 8,071 1,594 24.61 % 497 586 159 1,242 High school diploma or equivalent $29,380 
291126 Respiratory Therapists 2,427 3,013 586 24.15 % 64 62 59 185 Associate's degree $71,550 
152031 Operations Research Analysts 4,034 5,006 972 24.10 % 93 170 97 360 Bachelor's degree $77,400 
151111 Computer and Information Research Scientists 1,010 1,236 226 22.38 % 16 58 23 97 Doctoral or professional degree $131,620 
299091 Athletic Trainers 654 800 146 22.32 % 16 20 15 51 Bachelor's degree $51,610 
251011 Business Teachers, Postsecondary 3,862 4,719 857 22.19 % 157 164 86 407 Doctoral or professional degree $137,580 
299092 Genetic Counselors 185 226 41 22.16 % 15 Master's degree $80,030 
312021 Physical Therapist Assistants 2,719 3,313 594 21.85 % 132 222 59 413 Associate's degree $62,400 
392011 Animal Trainers 854 1,040 186 21.78 % 46 59 19 124 High school diploma or equivalent $38,000 
131161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 21,764 26,142 4,378 20.12 % 636 1,644 438 2,718 Bachelor's degree $77,520 
253021 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 11,417 13,678 2,261 19.80 % 765 587 226 1,578 High school diploma or equivalent $50,110 
251042 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 2,298 2,736 438 19.06 % 92 96 44 232 Doctoral or professional degree $105,930 
251066 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 1,446 1,721 275 19.02 % 58 60 28 146 Doctoral or professional degree $96,590 
312022 Physical Therapist Aides 1,029 1,222 193 18.76 % 49 83 19 151 High school diploma or equivalent $32,240 
473015 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 400 475 75 18.75 % 18 42 68 High school diploma or equivalent $32,880 
292056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 3,133 3,716 583 18.61 % 111 152 58 321 Associate's degree $40,950 
319011 Massage Therapists 3,650 4,328 678 18.58 % 261 143 68 472 Postsecondary non-degree award $46,590 
251032 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 1,843 2,184 341 18.50 % 74 77 34 185 Doctoral or professional degree $128,380 
291123 Physical Therapists 9,287 10,980 1,693 18.23 % 195 211 169 575 Doctoral or professional degree $89,130 
452091 Agricultural Equipment Operators 233 275 42 18.03 % 29 42 No formal educational credential $32,380 
152011 Actuaries 1,168 1,377 209 17.89 % 16 60 21 97 Bachelor's degree $110,070 
353021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fas 62,509 73,668 11,159 17.85 % 6,029 6,306 1,116 13,451 No formal educational credential $26,430 
292032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,989 2,344 355 17.85 % 56 54 36 146 Associate's degree $82,450 
312011 Occupational Therapy Assistants 1,362 1,605 243 17.84 % 74 106 24 204 Associate's degree $58,160 
291131 Veterinarians 1,651 1,942 291 17.63 % 34 29 29 92 Doctoral or professional degree $108,300 
211011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 4,314 5,072 758 17.57 % 173 307 76 556 Bachelor's degree *** 
113031 Financial Managers 27,121 31,798 4,677 17.24 % 677 1,458 468 2,603 Bachelor's degree $142,370 
474041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 1,239 1,452 213 17.19 % 54 106 21 181 High school diploma or equivalent $46,100 
319092 Medical Assistants 12,991 15,221 2,230 17.17 % 619 866 223 1,708 Postsecondary non-degree award $39,310 
474071 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 788 920 132 16.75 % 43 62 13 118 No formal educational credential $45,780 
319096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,637 1,911 274 16.74 % 102 166 27 295 High school diploma or equivalent $36,200 
452093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 1,135 1,324 189 16.65 % 45 140 19 204 No formal educational credential $29,840 
251111 Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 393 458 65 16.54 % 16 16 38 Doctoral or professional degree $72,500 
251126 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 696 811 115 16.52 % 28 29 12 69 Doctoral or professional degree $89,120 
533022 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 13,210 15,392 2,182 16.52 % 1,122 584 218 1,924 High school diploma or equivalent $38,090 
291122 Occupational Therapists 5,415 6,298 883 16.31 % 121 162 88 371 Master's degree $87,380 
251112 Law Teachers, Postsecondary 740 860 120 16.22 % 29 30 12 71 Doctoral or professional degree $144,250 
319097 Phlebotomists 3,751 4,355 604 16.10 % 175 234 60 469 Postsecondary non-degree award $39,720 
212011 Clergy 590 685 95 16.10 % 29 39 10 78 Bachelor's degree $59,240 
472152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 13,625 15,805 2,180 16.00 % 534 984 218 1,736 High school diploma or equivalent $66,900 
251121 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 4,956 5,746 790 15.94 % 196 204 79 479 Master's degree $97,510 
119111 Medical and Health Services Managers 14,041 16,250 2,209 15.73 % 411 739 221 1,371 Bachelor's degree $128,730 
251124 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 1,717 1,987 270 15.73 % 68 71 27 166 Doctoral or professional degree $80,730 
514012 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Me 536 620 84 15.67 % 16 40 64 High school diploma or equivalent $60,980 
475021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas 231 267 36 15.58 % 20 30 High school diploma or equivalent $57,660 
131111 Management Analysts 27,927 32,208 4,281 15.33 % 966 1,554 428 2,948 Bachelor's degree $112,920 
211013 Marriage and Family Therapists 459 529 70 15.25 % 18 32 57 Master's degree $53,400 
211014 Mental Health Counselors 7,371 8,484 1,113 15.10 % 292 518 111 921 Master's degree *** 
172121 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 253 291 38 15.02 % 10 20 Bachelor's degree $77,440 
272022 Coaches and Scouts 8,304 9,544 1,240 14.93 % 498 673 124 1,295 Bachelor's degree $49,200 
251031 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 723 827 104 14.38 % 28 30 10 68 Doctoral or professional degree $93,160 
251063 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 786 899 113 14.38 % 31 32 11 74 Doctoral or professional degree $133,410 
251062 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 355 406 51 14.37 % 14 14 33 Doctoral or professional degree $101,550 
251065 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 898 1,027 129 14.37 % 35 37 13 85 Doctoral or professional degree $120,320 
193032 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 182 208 26 14.29 % 15 Master's degree $75,100 
251081 Education Teachers, Postsecondary 1,582 1,806 224 14.16 % 62 65 22 149 Doctoral or professional degree $83,560 
211023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 6,883 7,854 971 14.11 % 265 468 97 830 Bachelor's degree $44,740 
259099 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 519 592 73 14.07 % 26 23 56 Bachelor's degree $51,640 
251125 History Teachers, Postsecondary 983 1,121 138 14.04 % 38 40 14 92 Doctoral or professional degree $94,260 
251061 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 193 220 27 13.99 % 19 Doctoral or professional degree $100,370 
232011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 7,779 8,855 1,076 13.83 % 274 553 108 935 Associate's degree $56,970 
251069 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 485 552 67 13.81 % 19 20 46 Doctoral or professional degree $92,300 
251122 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 486 553 67 13.79 % 19 20 46 Doctoral or professional degree $78,700 
251113 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 364 414 50 13.74 % 14 15 34 Doctoral or professional degree $79,430 
251054 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 510 580 70 13.73 % 20 21 48 Doctoral or professional degree $115,920 
396012 Concierges 1,547 1,759 212 13.70 % 79 145 21 245 High school diploma or equivalent $37,370 
211012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 7,765 8,829 1,064 13.70 % 305 543 106 954 Master's degree $66,640 
251052 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 832 946 114 13.70 % 33 34 11 78 Doctoral or professional degree $103,170 
251123 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 2,690 3,056 366 13.61 % 105 110 37 252 Doctoral or professional degree $79,850 
519198 Helpers--Production Workers 7,029 7,984 955 13.59 % 402 715 96 1,213 No formal educational credential $28,950 
251067 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 628 713 85 13.54 % 25 26 59 Doctoral or professional degree $88,140 
253098 Substitute Teachers 8,271 9,390 1,119 13.53 % 538 413 112 1,063 No formal educational credential $32,020 
191029 Biological Scientists, All Other 4,084 4,634 550 13.47 % 89 280 55 424 Bachelor's degree $78,980 
192042 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 260 295 35 13.46 % 19 29 Bachelor's degree $93,300 
191099 Life Scientists, All Other 740 839 99 13.38 % 15 50 10 75 Bachelor's degree $85,180 
251193 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 314 356 42 13.38 % 12 13 29 Doctoral or professional degree $72,750 
192041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 1,750 1,984 234 13.37 % 40 128 23 191 Bachelor's degree $82,480 
191042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 11,444 12,971 1,527 13.34 % 225 777 153 1,155 Doctoral or professional degree $91,180 
273091 Interpreters and Translators 2,526 2,863 337 13.34 % 122 117 34 273 Bachelor's degree $53,530 
537081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 1,740 1,972 232 13.33 % 84 135 23 242 No formal educational credential $42,810 
251051 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Pos 323 366 43 13.31 % 13 13 30 Doctoral or professional degree $118,780 
312012 Occupational Therapy Aides 203 230 27 13.30 % 11 16 30 High school diploma or equivalent $37,300 
119121 Natural Sciences Managers 3,582 4,057 475 13.26 % 86 214 48 348 Bachelor's degree $172,800 
533021 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 5,026 5,692 666 13.25 % 420 219 67 706 High school diploma or equivalent $53,780 
191041 Epidemiologists 287 325 38 13.24 % 20 30 Master's degree $103,510 
191021 Biochemists and Biophysicists 4,343 4,916 573 13.19 % 94 298 57 449 Doctoral or professional degree $111,350 
291127 Speech-Language Pathologists 4,344 4,916 572 13.17 % 84 144 57 285 Master's degree $83,490 
251022 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,692 1,914 222 13.12 % 66 69 22 157 Doctoral or professional degree $90,530 
119039 Education Administrators, All Other 740 837 97 13.11 % 22 36 10 68 Bachelor's degree $87,000 
499051 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 2,885 3,263 378 13.10 % 78 161 38 277 High school diploma or equivalent $84,800 
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