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June 22, 2007
25 Jobs with the Most Openings

Out of the 25 jobs projected to have the most openings during the next several years, registered nurses, postsecondary teachers, general managers, and accountants are among the highest paid, according to a report by the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Retail salesperson is projected to have highest average annual openings (228,297) from 2004-2014. The job is in the bottom earnings quartile. By contrast, registered nurse is in the top earnings quartile and is projected to have the 5th most openings (120,343) during that period.

Among the 25 occupations projected to have the most openings, four jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher: postsecondary teachers (89,210 openings), general managers (64,869 openings), elementary school teachers (58,679 openings), and accountants (48,589 openings). Three of the four occupations are in the top earnings quartile.

25 Occupations with the Most Openings

Occupation

Job Openings

Earnings Quartile

1

Retail salespersons

228,297

$

2

Cashiers, except gaming

179,586

$

3

Waiters and waitresses

153,426

$

4

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

129,835

$

5

Registered nurses

120,343

$$$$

6

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

104,232

$

7

Office clerks, general

95,845

$$

8

Postsecondary teachers

89,210

$$$$

9

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

89,004

$

10

Customer service representatives

77,805

$$

11

General and operations managers

64,869

$$$$

12

Elementary school teachers, except special education

58,679

$$$

13

Stock clerks and order fillers

57,950

$

14

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

56,902

$$$$

15

Child care workers

52,466

$

16

Receptionists and information clerks

52,418

$$

17

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

51,591

$$

18

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

50,730

$$$

19

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

50,342

$$

20

Food preparation workers

48,952

$

21

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

48,825

$$$

22

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

48,619

$$

23

Accountants and auditors

48,589

$$$$

24

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

46,386

$

25

Maintenance and repair workers, general

45,748

$$$

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