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    Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections

    Top 50 Careers based on Numeric Change in Total Employment (2008-2018)
    OccupationEmployment
    (in thousands)
    Employment Change,
    2008-2018
    2008
    Median
    annual
    wages
    (Dollars)
    Most
    significant
    source of
    postsecondary
    education or
    training
    20082018Number (in
    thousands)
    Percent
    Registered nurses2,618.73,200.2 581.5 22.2 62,450Associate degree
    Home health aides921.71,382.6 460.9 50.0 20,460Short-term on-the-job training
    Customer service representatives2,252.42,651.9 399.5 17.7 29,860Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food2,701.73,096.0 394.3 14.6 16,430Short-term on-the-job training
    Personal and home care aides817.21,193.0 375.8 46.0 19,180Short-term on-the-job training
    Retail salespersons4,489.24,863.9 374.7 8.4 20,510Short-term on-the-job training
    Office clerks, general3,024.43,383.1 358.7 11.9 25,320Short-term on-the-job training
    Accountants and auditors1,290.61,570.0 279.4 21.7 59,430Bachelor's degree
    Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants1,469.81,745.8 276.0 18.8 23,850Postsecondary vocational award
    Postsecondary teachers1,699.21,956.1 256.9 15.1 58,830Doctoral degree
    Construction laborers1,248.71,504.6 255.9 20.5 28,520Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Elementary school teachers, except special education1,549.51,793.7 244.2 15.8 49,330Bachelor's degree
    Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer1,798.42,031.3 232.9 13.0 37,270Short-term on-the-job training
    Landscaping and groundskeeping workers1,205.81,422.9 217.1 18.0 23,150Short-term on-the-job training
    Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks2,063.82,276.2 212.4 10.3 32,510Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Executive secretaries and administrative assistants1,594.41,798.8 204.4 12.8 40,030Work experience in a related occupation
    Management analysts746.9925.2 178.3 23.9 73,570Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
    Computer software engineers, applications514.8689.9 175.1 34.0 85,430Bachelor's degree
    Receptionists and information clerks1,139.21,312.1 172.9 15.2 24,550Short-term on-the-job training
    Carpenters1,284.91,450.3 165.4 12.9 38,940Long-term on-the-job training
    Medical assistants483.6647.5 163.9 33.9 28,300Moderate-term on-the-job training
    First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers1,457.21,617.5 160.3 11.0 45,790Work experience in a related occupation
    Network systems and data communications analysts292.0447.8 155.8 53.4 71,100Bachelor's degree
    Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses753.6909.2 155.6 20.7 39,030Postsecondary vocational award
    Security guards1,076.61,229.1 152.5 14.2 23,460Short-term on-the-job training
    Waiters and waitresses2,381.62,533.3 151.6 6.4 16,660Short-term on-the-job training
    Maintenance and repair workers, general1,361.31,509.2 147.9 10.9 33,710Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Physicians and surgeons661.4805.5 144.1 21.8 Over 166,400First professional degree
    Child care workers1,301.91,443.9 142.1 10.9 18,970Short-term on-the-job training
    Teacher assistants1,312.71,447.6 134.9 10.3 22,200Short-term on-the-job training
    Stock clerks and order fillers1,858.81,993.3 134.4 7.2 20,800Short-term on-the-job training
    Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists630.7757.7 127.0 20.1 23,140Postsecondary vocational award
    Business operation specialists, all other1,091.11,217.0 125.9 11.5 59,920Bachelor's degree
    Medical secretaries471.1596.6 125.5 26.6 29,680Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Cashiers, except gaming3,550.03,675.5 125.5 3.5 17,660Short-term on-the-job training
    Computer software engineers, systems software394.8515.0 120.2 30.4 92,430Bachelor's degree
    Teachers and instructors, all other749.7860.1 110.4 14.7 31,100Bachelor's degree
    Computer systems analysts532.2640.3 108.1 20.3 75,500Bachelor's degree
    First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers698.1805.3 107.3 15.4 58,140Work experience in a related occupation
    Dental assistants295.3400.9 105.6 35.8 32,380Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners2,375.32,479.4 104.1 4.4 21,450Short-term on-the-job training
    Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education659.5760.6 101.2 15.3 49,700Bachelor's degree
    Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products1,540.31,641.4 101.1 6.6 51,330Work experience in a related occupation
    Pharmacy technicians326.3426.0 99.8 30.6 27,710Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Lawyers759.2857.7 98.5 13.0 110,590First professional degree
    Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education1,087.71,184.1 96.3 8.9 51,180Bachelor's degree
    Construction managers551.0645.8 94.8 17.2 79,860Bachelor's degree
    Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive2,020.02,113.3 93.3 4.6 29,050Moderate-term on-the-job training
    First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers1,685.51,773.9 88.4 5.3 35,310Work experience in a related occupation