Which 30 Jobs Will Add the Most Workers in the Next Decade?

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Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

jobsWhile some people take their time choosing a job or career based on their passions or goals, others just want to know where they can get a job and when. During the economic downturn it was difficult to be picky, but now that things are looking up, the abundance of jobs from which to choose should continue to get better with each passing year.

Total employment is expected to increase by 15.3 million jobs during the 2008-18 decade, according to the most recent employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job openings from replacement needs (when workers retire or otherwise leave their jobs) are projected to be more than double the number of openings due to economic growth.

Interested in getting in on the new job action? Here are the 30 jobs that will add the most workers in 2008-2018, according to the BLS.


1. Registered nurses

2008 employment: 2.62 million

2018 employment: 3.2 million

Minimum education or training: Associate degree


2. Home health aides

2008 employment: 922,000

2018 employment: 1.38 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


3. Customer service representatives

2008 employment: 2.25 million

2018 employment: 2.65 million

Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training


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

2008 employment: 2.7 million

2018 employment: 3.09 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


5. Personal and home care aides

2008 employment: 817,000

2018 employment: 1.19 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


6. Retail sales people

2008 employment: 4.49 million

2018 employment: 4.86 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


7. Office clerks, general

2008 employment: 3.02 million

2018 employment: 3.38 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


8. Accountants and auditors

2008 employment: 1.29 million

2018 employment: 1.57 million

Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree


9. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants

2008 employment: 1.47 million

2018 employment: 1.75 million

Minimum education or training: Post-secondary vocational award


10. Post-secondary teachers

2008 employment: 1.69 million

2018 employment: 1.96 million

Minimum education or training: Doctoral degree


11. Construction laborers

2008 employment: 1.25 million

2018 employment: 1.5 million

Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training


12. Elementary school teachers, except special education

2008 employment: 1.55 million

2018 employment: 1.79 million

Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree


13. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

2008 employment: 1.79 million

2018 employment: 2.03 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


14. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

2008 employment: 1.21 million

2018 employment: 1.42 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


15. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks

2008 employment: 2.06 million

2018 employment: 2.28 million

Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training


16. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

2008 employment: 1.59 million

2018 employment: 1.79 million

Minimum education or training: Work experience in a related occupation


17. Management analysts

2008 employment: 747,000

2018 employment: 925,000

Minimum education or training: Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience


18. Computer applications software engineers

2008 employment: 515,000

2018 employment: 690,000

Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree


19. Receptionists and information clerks

2008 employment: 1.14 million

2018 employment: 1.32 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


20. Carpenters

2008 employment: 1.28 million

2018 employment: 1.45 million

Minimum education or training: Long-term on-the-job training


21. Medical assistants

2008 employment: 484,000

2018 employment: 648,000

Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training


22. First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

2008 employment: 1.46 million

2018 employment: 1.62 million

Minimum education or training: Work experience in a related occupation


23. Network systems and data communications analysts

2008 employment: 292,000

2018 employment: 448,000

Minimum education or training: Bachelor's degree


24. Licensed practical and vocational nurses

2008 employment: 754,000

2018 employment: 909,000

Minimum education or training: Post-secondary vocational award


25. Security guards

2008 employment: 1.08 million

2018 employment: 1.23 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


26. Waiters and waitresses

2008 employment: 2.38 million

2018 employment: 2.53 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


27. Maintenance and repair workers

2008 employment: 1.36 million

2018 employment: 1.51 million

Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training


28. Physicians and surgeons

2008 employment: 661,000

2018 employment: 806,000

Minimum education or training: First professional degree


29. Child-care workers

2008 employment: 1.3 million

2018 employment: 1.44 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


30. Teacher assistants

2008 employment: 1.31 million

2018 employment: 1.45 million

Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training


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Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBwriterRZ.

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