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Table 1.3: Fastest growing occupations, 2010 and projected 2020
(Numbers in thousands)
2010 National Employment Matrix title and code

Employment

Change, 2010-20

Median annual wage, 2010

2010

2020

Number

Percent

00-0000 Total, All Occupations

143,068.1

163,537.1

20,468.9

14.3

$33,840

39-9021 Personal Care Aides

861.0

1,468.0

607.0

70.5

19,640

31-1011 Home Health Aides

1,017.7

1,723.9

706.3

69.4

20,560

17-2031 Biomedical Engineers

15.7

25.4

9.7

61.7

81,540

47-3011 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

29.4

47.0

17.6

60.1

27,780

47-3012 Helpers–Carpenters

46.5

72.4

25.9

55.7

25,760

29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

80.2

121.9

41.7

52.0

29,710

47-2171 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

19.1

28.4

9.3

48.6

38,430

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

67.4

98.2

30.8

45.7

49,690

47-3015 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

57.9

84.2

26.3

45.4

26,740

13-1121 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

71.6

102.9

31.3

43.7

45,260

29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

53.7

77.1

23.4

43.5

64,380

31-2011 Occupational Therapy Assistants

28.5

40.8

12.3

43.3

51,010

31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

47.0

67.3

20.3

43.1

23,680

47-2121 Glaziers

41.9

59.6

17.7

42.4

36,640

27-3091 Interpreters and Translators

58.4

83.1

24.6

42.2

43,300

43-6013 Medical Secretaries

508.7

718.9

210.2

41.3

30,530

13-1161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

282.7

399.3

116.6

41.2

60,570

21-1013 Marriage and Family Therapists

36.0

50.8

14.8

41.2

45,720

47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons

89.2

125.3

36.1

40.5

46,930

29-1123 Physical Therapists

198.6

276.0

77.4

39.0

76,310

29-2021 Dental Hygienists

181.8

250.3

68.5

37.7

68,250

49-3091 Bicycle Repairers

9.9

13.6

3.7

37.6

23,660

29-1181 Audiologists

13.0

17.8

4.8

36.8

66,660

21-1091 Health Educators

63.4

86.6

23.2

36.5

45,830

47-2022 Stonemasons

15.6

21.4

5.7

36.5

37,180

13-1051 Cost Estimators

185.4

252.9

67.5

36.4

57,860

19-1042 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

100.0

136.5

36.4

36.4

76,700

21-1014 Mental Health Counselors

120.3

163.9

43.6

36.3

38,150

47-2072 Pile-Driver Operators

4.1

5.6

1.5

36.0

47,860

29-1131 Veterinarians

61.4

83.4

22.0

35.9

82,040

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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