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Fastest growing occupations, 2002-2012

This file represents Table 3, Fastest growing occupations, 2002-2012, in "Occupational employment projections to 2012," published in the February 2004 Monthly Labor Review.

Table 3. Fastest growing occupations, 2002-12
[Numbers in thousands of jobs]
2000 Standard Occupation Classification code and title Employment Change Quartile
rank by 2002
median annual
earnings (1)
Most significant
source of
postsecondary education
or training (2)
2002 2012 Number Percent

31-9092 Medical assistants

365 579 215 59 3 Moderate-term on-the-job training

15-1081 Network systems and data communications analysts

186 292 106 57 1 Bachelor's degree

29-1071 Physician assistants

63 94 31 49 1 Bachelor's degree

21-1093 Social and human service assistants

305 454 149 49 3 Moderate-term on-the-job training

31-1011 Home health aides

580 859 279 48 4 Short-term on-the-job training

29-2071 Medical records and health information technicians

147 216 69 47 3 Associate degree

31-2022 Physical therapist aides

37 54 17 46 3 Short-term on-the-job training

15-1031 Computer software engineers, applications

394 573 179 46 1 Bachelor's degree

15-1032 Computer software engineers, systems software

281 409 128 45 1 Bachelor's degree

31-2021 Physical therapist assistants

50 73 22 45 2 Associate degree
 

39-9031 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

183 264 81 44 3 Postsecondary vocational award

15-1061 Database administrators

110 159 49 44 1 Bachelor's degree

29-2056 Veterinary technologists and technicians

53 76 23 44 3 Associate degree

47-4041 Hazardous materials removal workers

38 54 16 43 2 Moderate-term on-the-job training

29-2021 Dental hygienists

148 212 64 43 1 Associate degree

31-2012 Occupational therapist aides

8 12 4 43 3 Short-term on-the-job training

31-9091 Dental assistants

266 379 113 42 3 Moderate-term on-the-job training

39-9021 Personal and home care aides

608 854 246 40 4 Short-term on-the-job training

25-3021 Self-enrichment education teachers

200 281 80 40 2 Work experience in a related occupation

15-1051 Computer systems analysts

468 653 184 39 1 Bachelor's degree
 

31-2011 Occupational therapist assistants

18 26 7 39 2 Associate degree

17-2081 Environmental engineers

47 65 18 38 1 Bachelor's degree

25-1000 Postsecondary teachers

1,581 2,184 603 38 1 Doctoral degree

15-1071 Network and computer systems administrators

251 345 94 37 1 Bachelor's degree

19-4091 Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

28 38 10 37 2 Associate degree

25-2011 Preschool teachers, except special education

424 577 153 36 4 Postsecondary vocational award

11-3021 Computer and information systems managers

284 387 103 36 1 Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience

29-1123 Physical therapists

137 185 48 35 1 Master's degree

29-1122 Occupational therapists

82 110 29 35 1 Bachelor's degree

29-1126 Respiratory therapists

86 116 30 35 2 Associate degree
 

Footnotes:
(1) The quartile rankings of Occupational Employment Statistics annual earnings data are presented in the following categories: 1=very high ($41,820 and over), 2=high ($27,500 to $41,780),3=low ($19,710 to $27,380), and 4=very low(up to $19,600). The rankings were based on quartiles using one-fourth of total employment to define each quartile. Earnings are for wage and salary workers.
(2) An occupation is placed into one of 11 categories that best describes the education or training needed by most workers to become fully qualified.

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