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Like age, salaries are a just a number. OK, salary might be a little more than just a number; in fact, income is probably the one amount that matters most to some people, especially workers. There's another figure however, that employees should be paying more attention to during their job search: employment numbers.

Employment numbers, or the quantity of jobs in a given occupation or industry, are essential to your job search for numerous reasons. Knowing this figure will help ensure you don't continuously apply to positions in an industry with no job growth. In addition, you can avoid staying in a profession that's projected to decline in the future.

To help you, we've looked at high-growth occupations as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook. Total U.S. employment is expected to increase from 150.6 million in 2006 to 166.2 million by 2016.

Here are 30 occupations, each with an expected job growth of at least 10 percent over the next 10 years, according to the BLS.


1. Registered nurses

Average annual salary: $59,730

Employment change: 587,000 new jobs; 23 percent growth


2. Retail salespeople

Average annual salary: $23,940

Employment change: 557,000 new jobs; 12 percent growth


3. Customer service representatives

Average annual salary: $30,400

Employment change: 545,000 new jobs; 25 percent growth


4. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

Average annual salary: $15,930

Employment change: 452,000 new jobs; 18 percent growth


5. Office clerks, general

Average annual salary: $25,200

Employment change: 404,000 new jobs; 13 percent growth


6. Personal and home care aides

Average annual salary: $18,180

Employment change: 389,000 new jobs; 51 percent growth


7. Home health aides

Average annual salary: $20,100

Employment change: 384,000 new jobs; 49 percent growth


8. Postsecondary teachers

Average annual salary: $56,120

Employment change: 382,000 new jobs; 23 percent growth


9. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Average annual salary: $21,730

Employment change: 345,000 new jobs; 14 percent growth


10. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants

Average annual salary: $22,960

Employment change: 264,000 new jobs; 18 percent growth


11. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks

Average annual salary: $31,780

Employment change: 264,000 new jobs; 12 percent growth


12. Waiters and waitresses

Average annual salary: $17,190

Employment change: 255,000 new jobs; 11 percent growth


13. Child care workers

Average annual salary: $18,820

Employment change: 248,000 new jobs; 18 percent growth


14. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

Average annual salary: $39,160

Employment change: 239,000 new jobs; 15 percent growth


15. Computer software engineers, applications

Average annual salary: $82,000

Employment change: 226,000 new jobs; 45 percent growth


16. Accountants and auditors

Average annual salary: $60,670

Employment change: 226,000 new jobs; 18 percent growth


17. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Average annual salary: $23,010

Employment change: 221,000 new jobs; 18 percent growth


18. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Average annual salary: $48,700

Employment change: 209,000 new jobs; 14 percent growth


19. Receptionists and information clerks

Average annual salary: $23,810

Employment change: 202,000 new jobs; 17 percent growth


20. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

Average annual salary: $36,320

Employment change: 193,000 new jobs; 10 percent growth


21. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Average annual salary: $18,700

Employment change: 186,000 new jobs; 13 percent growth


22. Security guards

Average annual salary: $23,620

Employment change: 175,000 new jobs; 17 percent growth


23. Carpenters

Average annual salary: $39,930

Employment change: 150,000 new jobs; 10 percent growth


24. Management analysts

Average annual salary: $77,720

Employment change: 149,000 new jobs; 22 percent growth


25. Medical assistants

Average annual salary: $27,190

Employment change: 148,000 new jobs; 35 percent growth


26. Computer systems analysts

Average annual salary: $72,230

Employment change: 146,000 new jobs; 29 percent growth


27. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Average annual salary: $33,510

Employment change: 140,000 new jobs; 10 percent growth


28. Network systems and data communications analysts

Average annual salary: $67,460

Employment change: 140,000 new jobs; 53 percent growth


29. Food preparation worker

Average annual salary: $18,480

Employment change: 138,000 new jobs; 15 percent growth


30. Teacher assistants

Average annual salary: $21,860

Employment change: 137,000 new jobs; 10 percent growth


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Salary information from the latest (May 2006) Occupational Employment Statistics, BLS

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