Health Care Dominates New Job Growth

Four of the top 10 jobs projected to have the largest growth in the coming decade are in health care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation New Jobs
(in thousands)
Percent Change
(2008-2018)
Median Wages
(May 2008)
Education/Training Category
Registered nurses 581.5 22 $62,450 Associate degree
Home health aides 460.9 50 20,460 Short-term on-the-job training
Customer service representatives 399.5 18 29,860 Moderate-term on-the-job training
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 394.3 15 16,430 Short-term on-the-job training
Personal and home care aides 375.8 46 19,180 Short-term on-the-job training
Retail salespersons 374.7 8 20,510 Short-term on-the-job training
Office clerks, general 358.7 12 25,320 Short-term on-the-job training
Accountants and auditors 279.4 22 59,430 Bachelor's degree
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 276.0 19 23,850 Postsecondary vocational award
Postsecondary teachers 256.9 15 58,830 Doctoral degree

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