Projected US job growth until 2022: health care swamps everything

Although there are clearly large differences between the US and the
Australian workforces (the sheer size for starters; the US employed
non-farm

workforce
is 138.7 million compared to Australia’s total employed
workforce of 11.6 million) there’s still something to be gained in
seeing what interesting data the US Bureau of Labor Statistics  
throws up.  
 

Every two years the Bureau releases projections of the 30
fastest-growing

careers
. Here are the top twenty jobs that
were on the most recent list covering the ten year period 2012 – 2022.  
 

 

Rank

Job

Projected rise 2012 – 2022  
2012 total employment  

Median pay in 2012 (USD$)

1.

Industrial-organisational psychologists

53.4 %

1,600

$83,580

2.
Personal care aides

48.8%

1.19 million

$19,910

3.
Home
health aides

48.5

875,100

$20,820

4.

Insulation workers, mechanical

46.7%

28,900

$39,170

5.
Interpreters and translators

46.1%

63,600

$45,430

6.

Diagnostic medical sonographers

46%

58,800

$65,860

7.

Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble
setters

43%

24,400

$28,220

8.

Occupational therapy aides

42.6

30,300

$53,240

9.

Genetic counsellors

41.2 

2,100

$56,800

10.

Physical therapist assistants

41

71,400

$52,160

11.
Physical therapist aides

40.1

50,000

$23,880

12.

Skincare specialists

39.8 

44,400

$28,640

13.

Physician Assistant

38.4 

86,700

$90,930

14.

Segmental pavers

38.1

1,800

$33,720

15.
Electricians

36.9

  60,800

$27,670

16.
Information security analysts

36.5

75,100

$86,170

17.
Occupational therapy aides

36.2

8,400

$26,850

18.

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

36.1

190,000

$81,140

19.

Medical secretaries

36

525,600

$31,350

20.
Physical therapists

36

204,200

$79,860

 

As you can clearly see the ageing population is going to cause a massive
upswing in employment within the health care and social assistance area
as the fact of thirteen of the twenty jobs on the above list would
indicate.  

In Australia the best disaggregated projected job
growth provided by the Department of Employment is 2013 – 2018

data
. This tells us that Australia’s largest increase in new jobs
(in actual jobs, not percentage of new jobs) is projected to come from
the following industry subsectors: 

  1. School Education (58,900)
  2. Medical Services (49,000)
  3. Cafés, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services
    (43,700)
  4. Allied Health Services (43,000)
  5. Supermarket and Grocery Store (36,300)
  6. Tertiary Education (32,700)
  7. Computer System Design and Related Service
    (31,100)
  8. Other Social Assistance Services (30,400)
  9. Legal and Accounting Services (30,300)
  10. Hospitals (29,300) 
Whichever way you look at it, setting yourself up for
a career in health care and related areas would seem to indicate you’ll
never be unemployed for long, if at all.  
 

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