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Career Voyages (page 2)

— Career Voyages (U.S. Department of Labor)
Updated on Dec 16, 2008

Which Industries are Growing?

In today's world there are never any guarantees, but some careful planning during the initial career exploration may help ensure that the choices your child makes now might lead to a more secure future.

If you have already been in the workforce for some time, you probably already know that it is always changing. You know how important it is to know what's around the bend. Career Voyages is here to try and help you and your child do that.

Let's start by explaining the industries you see on the left hand menu. The chart below shows the industries expected to either need the most employees as projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or are evolving and creating new jobs.

In short, these industries were selected for three reasons:

  1. they are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy or affect the growth of other industries;
  2. they are existing or emerging businesses being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skills from workers;
  3. they are economically vital to the overall health of the American economy.

To learn more about how these industries and occupations were selected, click here.

Which Industries Are Growing?
Note: These totals are based on:
  • only the occupations in Career Voyages;
  • the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for the ten year period, 2004-2014; and
  • only those occupations which fall within a single industry. For example, the 91,000 openings shown for Advanced Manufacturing are found in just Advanced Manufacturing.

    There are many more occupations, not shown here, which cross over one or more industries. To learn more about these "multi-industry" occupations click here.
Sort by Industry Sort by Number
Advanced Manufacturing 91,000
Aerospace 18,000
Automotive 451,000
Biotechnology 7,000
Construction 1,860,000
Energy 130,000
Financial Services 2,450,000
Geospatial Technology 33,000
Health Care 4,992,000
Homeland Security 970,000
Hospitality 6,861,000
Information Technology 208,000
Retail 3,176,000
Transportation 990,000
Cross Industry Occupations 10,880,000
Total 33,117,000

According to projections, the economy will continue generating jobs for workers at all levels of education and training. Growth rates are projected to be faster for occupations requiring a postsecondary award (a vocational certificate or other award or an associate or higher degree) than for occupations requiring less education or training.

You can start in a several different places-it's up to you to pick your route:

  • Dive right into one of the industries. Start learning about the kinds of jobs that are in demand
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