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Online Extra: Table of Projected Job Openings, 2004-2014


Health care is hot, but it's not the only game in town if you are looking to choose a career. Here is a list of selected professions that someone with a postsecondary education might consider, ranked by the number of projected job openings from 2004 to 2014. These statistics are drawn from labor-market projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in November, 2005. (For more, see www.bls.gov/emp/home.htm.)

Nurses are at the top of the list, with 1.2 million projected openings in the decade, both from growth in the profession and the need to replace nurses who are retiring or moving into other lines of work. The number of projected openings for doctors is about equal to the number for lawyers and social scientists, good news for those of you who always wanted to go to med school.

But what is especially striking about this list is the sheer number of teachers who will be needed in the coming years, at every level. Health care may be the wave of the future, but education isn't far behind.

Openings from growth and net replacements,2004-2014 (thousands)

Registered nurses

1,203

Postsecondary teachers

892

Elementary and middle school teachers

815

Top executives

808

Engineers

507

Secondary school teachers

474

Computer software engineers

448

Human resources managers and specialists

323

Media and communication occupations

253

Art and design occupations

221

Physicians and surgeons

212

Social scientists

209

Lawyers

205

Marketing and sales managers

202

Scientists

197

Entertainers and performers

188

Clergy

139

Computer and information systems managers

124

Medical and health services managers

105

Athletes, coaches, and related workers

84

Psychologists

72

Architects

37

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics

By Michael Mandel


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