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Labor Market Information

Fastest-Growing Occupations: 2008-18

Spotlight Online for College Employment and Recruiting Professionals, January 20, 2010 

What will be the fastest-growing occupations over the 2008-18 decade? According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment projections, the list is heavy with occupations in the science, medical, and technology fields. Following is BLS’s list of occupations that will see the largest increase in employment in percentage terms that require a bachelor’s degree or higher:


Percent Growth

Biomedical Engineer 72.0 percent
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 53.4 percent
Financial Examiners 41.2 percent
Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists 40.4 percent
Physician Assistants 39.0 percent
Biochemists & Biophysicists 37.4 percent
Athletic Trainers 37.0 percent
Computer Software Engineers, Applications 34.0 percent
 Veterinarians  33.0 percent
 Environmental Engineers 30.6 percent
 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 30.4 percent

Survey Researchers

30.4 percent

Physical Therapists

30.3 percent

Personal Financial Advisers

30.1 percent

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

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