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 2012-2022

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages*
Lawyers 197,000 $113,530
Physicians and surgeons, all other 153,000 $187,200+
Physical therapists 124,000 $79,860
Pharmacists 110,000 $116,670
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 97,000 $81,140


Top 5 occupations with the most projected job openings that typically require a Bachelor's degree, projected 2012-2022

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages
General and operations managers 613,000 $95,440
Accountants and auditors 544,000 $63,550
Elementary school teachers, except special education 467,000 $53,400S
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education 313,000 $55,050
Management analysts 245,000 $78,600

 

Top 5 occupations with the most projected job openings that typically require an Associate's degree or non-degree ward, projected 2012, 2022

OccupationProjected Job OpeningsMedian Annual Wages
Registered nurses 1,053,000 $65,470
Nursing assistants 594,000 $24,420
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 465,000 $38,200
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 363,000 $41,540
Medical assistants 270,000 $29,370

* Median Annual Wages, May 2012
United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics