Table 3-A
Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of employment and job openings in S&E and other selected occupations: 2008–18
(Thousands)
 
Occupation BLS National Employment Matrix 2008 estimate BLS projected 2018 employment Job openings from growth and net replacements, 2008–18 10-year growth in total employment (%) 10-year job openings % of 2008 employment
 
All occupations 150,932 166,206 50,929 10.1 33.7
All S&E 5,571 6,717 2,321 20.6 41.7
Computer/mathematical scientists 3,101 3,895 1,353 25.6 43.6
Life scientists 279 354 144 26.7 51.4
Physical scientists 276 317 123 15.1 44.6
Social scientists/related occupations 343 400 170 16.5 49.4
Engineers 1,572 1,750 531 11.3 33.8
S&E-related occupations          
S&E managers 522 589 166 13.0 31.8
S&E technicians 855 925 298 8.2 34.9
Computer programmers 427 414 80 -2.9 18.8
Healthcare practitioners and technicians 7,491 9,091 3,139 21.4 41.9
Selected other occupations          
Postsecondary teachers 1,699 1,956 553 15.1 32.5
Lawyers 759 858 240 13.0 31.7
 

BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTES: Estimates of current and projected employment for 2008–18 from BLS's National Employment Matrix. Data in matrix from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and Current Population Survey (CPS). Together, these sources cover paid workers, self-employed workers, and unpaid family workers in all industries, agriculture, and private households. Because data are derived from multiple sources, they can often differ from employment data provided by OES, CPS, or other employment surveys alone. BLS does not make projections for S&E occupations as a group; numbers in table based on sum of BLS projections in occupations that National Science Foundation considers as S&E.

SOURCE: BLS, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, special tabulations (2011) of 2008–18 National Industry-Occupation Employment Projections.

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