Table 3-A
Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of employment and job openings in S&E and other selected occupations: 2010–20
(Thousands)
 
Occupation BLS National Employment Matrix 2010 estimate BLS projected 2020 employment Job openings from growth and net replacements, 2010–20 10-year growth in total employment (%) 10-year job openings as percentage of 2010 employment
 
All occupations 143,068 163,537 54,787 14.3 38.3
All S&E 5,546 6,585 2,197 18.7 39.6
Computer and mathematical
scientists
3,157 3,886 1,290 23.1 40.9
Life scientists 286 344 106 20.4 37.1
Physical scientists 282 318 122 12.7 43.2
Social scientists and related occupations 302 358 152 18.5 50.4
Engineers 1,519 1,679 526 10.6 34.6
S&E-related occupations
S&E managers 534 609 186 14.0 34.8
S&E technicians 808 873 275 8.0 34.1
Computer programmers 363 407 128 12.0 35.3
Health care practitioners and technicians 7,799 9,819 3,591 25.9 46.0
Selected other occupations
Postsecondary teachers 1,756 2,062 586 17.4 33.4
Lawyers 728 802 212 10.1 29.1
 

BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: Estimates of current and projected employment for 2010–20 are from BLS’s National Employment Matrix; data in the matrix are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and the 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 the table are based on the sum of BLS projections for occupations that the National Science Foundation considers as S&E. See appendix table 3-2.

SOURCE: BLS, Employment Projections program, 2010–20, special tabulations (2013) of 2010–20 Employment Projections.

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