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February 23, 2010
Many Jobs with Most Openings Pay the Least

Many of the 25 jobs that are projected to have the most openings over the next 8 years also pay low wages, according to data from CareerOneStop, which is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor.

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Here are the 25 jobs that CareerOneStop projects will have the most openings from 2008 until 2018. The estimate for job openings includes both turnover that results from people who leave the occupation (e.g. quit, retire) and new jobs that are created.

  Occupation 2008 Employment Openings
1 Cashiers 3,550,000 171,990
2 Retail salespersons 4,489,200 162,690
3 Waiters and waitresses 2,381,700 146,620
4 Customer service representatives 2,252,400 110,840
5 Registered nurses 2,618,700 103,900
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,701,700 96,720
7 Office clerks, general 3,024,400 77,090
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,317,300 74,580
9 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,549,500 59,650
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,858,800 56,260
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,798,400 55,460
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 2,375,300 55,300
13 Postsecondary teachers 1,699,200 55,290
14 Home health aides 921,700 55,270
15 Child care workers 1,301,900 52,310
16 General and operations managers 1,733,100 50,220
17 Accountants and auditors 1,290,600 49,750
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,457,200 48,900
19 Receptionists and information clerks 1,139,200 48,020
20 Personal and home care aides 817,200 47,780
21 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 2,063,800 46,040
22 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,540,300 45,790
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,685,500 45,010
24 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 525,400 43,490
25 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
1,469,800
42,230

The average pay for 10 of those occupations was less than $21,550 in 2008:

  • Cashiers
  • Retail salespersons
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
  • Stock clerks and order fillers
  • Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
  • Home health aides
  • Child care workers
  • Personal and home care aides
  • Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

Five of those occupations averaged from $21,790 to $32,380 in earnings in 2008:

  • Customer service representatives
  • Office clerks, general
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
  • Receptionists and information clerks
  • Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants

Only 4 of those 25 jobs with the most openings had earnings greater than $51,580 in 2008:

  • Registered nurses
  • Postsecondary teachers
  • General and operations managers
  • Accountants and auditors

The remaining 6 occupations had an average earnings between $32,930 to $51,450.

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