What occupations will have the most openings in the next decade? America's Career InfoNet provides the projected number of annual job openings during the period of 2006-2016. Below are the 15 jobs projected to have the most annual openings. They are also the only jobs projected to have 50,000 or more such openings.
- Retail salespersons (193,521)
- Cashiers (166,437)
- Waiters and waitresses (153,712)
- Customer service representatives (115,840)
- Registered nurses (100,079)
- Office clerks (99,080)
- Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food (92,656)
- Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand (82,304)
- Janitors and cleaners (80,184)
- Postsecondary teachers (66,178)
- Child care workers (64,648)
- Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (59,430)
- Elementary school teachers (54,544)
- Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer (52,297)
- Personal and home care aides (51,855)
The highest-paid occupations on the list are registered nurses (#5) and Postsecondary teachers (#10) both identified by America's Career InfoNet as being in the highest "Earnings Quartile," or earning more than $43,600. (Earnings Quartiles separate wage and salary information of people employed in an occupation or industry into four parts.) Elementary school teachers (#13) and truck drivers (#14) earn between $28,580 to $43,590, while individuals in the remaining 11 occupations on the list earn $28,570 or less.
America's Career Infonet (www.acinet.org) data came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.