What occupations will have the most job openings?

Job openings occur when jobs are added to the economy and when current workers leave an occupation permanently. 


Top 5 occupations with the most projected job openings that typically require a Master's, Doctoral or Professional Degree, projected 2016-2026

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages*
Lawyers 40,700 $118,160
Educational, Guidance, School & Vocational Counselors 35,300 $54,560
Healthcare Social Workers 22,900 $53,760
Mental Health Counselors 21,600 $42,840
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 25,800 $99,360


Top 5 occupations with the most projected job openings that typically require a Bachelor's degree, projected 2016-2026

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages
General and operations managers 210,700 $99,310
Accountants and auditors 141,800 $68,150
Elementary school teachers, except special education 112,800 $55,800
Teachers & Instructors, all others 122,200 $30,110
Registered Nurses 203,700 $68,450

 

Top 5 occupations with the most projected job openings that typically require an Associate's degree or non-degree ward, projected 2016- 2026

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists 84,700 $24,260
Nursing Assistants 195,100 $26,590
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 213,500 $41,340
Automotive, Service Technicians & Mechanics   75,600 $38,470
Medical Assistants 94,900 $31,540

* Median Annual Wages, May 2016
United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics