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Employment Projections to 2016, 2018 and 2020

Updated on October 19, 2013

Employment and Labor Statistics

An interested person asks - Can you direct me to the source for the top ten jobs to 2016? I have looked for the reference on the labor statistics sites and haven't found it. Thank you. [asked by eaubaby] on the Hub Top 10 Hot Jobs in Seattle.

Thanks for asking the question! The Hub mentioned above currently contains stats for Seattle for 2006 - 2016, but they may or may not be available online at this date in 2010. In 2010, the related statistical projections fo employment for 2006 - 2016 are already out of date. Usually these figures are updated for the nation every two years by the federal government and some states and counties add their own projections in different sets of stats. Occasionally, a city or group of cities in a mega-metropolis ot megaplex will come up with their own projections.

Current employment statistics on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site currently describe expectations for the decade 2008 - 2018, although some US States show projections already for 2009 - 2019. Some healthcare-jobs projections have been set for 2010 - 2020, and I have even extended one such set on my own to 2050.

Code of Hammurabi
Code of Hammurabi

Deciphering the Code

At first look, employment projections may look like the Code of Hammurabi without a legend.

When you look at employment projections, you may find them not as straightforward as expected. You can find a Top 100 Jobs, or a Top 50 Jobs, or even ALL jobs ranked from 1 to 1,000 or whatever may be the correct number of job titles.

One problem with looking at these longer tables or Excel files is that sometimes they are in alphabetical order only, but have the expected number of percentage increases for each job title listed. However, they cannot be reordered at all on screen. Cutting and pasting into another Excel document sometimes works and sometimes does not. Regardless, you are reading through 1,000 or more jobs.

Another problem is that some of these projections include Job Clusters and Job titles in the same list. What you want is Job Title and you have to know enough about the difference between job cluster and job (title) to weed out the clusters or the job titles for your particular analysis. For instance, what is "Cleaners, all other" or "Managers, all Other"? The best place to go is the Department of Labor Occupational Handbook for 2010 - 2011 and read it all. A new one is published online yearly and I've been reading them for over a decade and find them pretty interesting. They are completely public records.

Employment Projections vs. Job Market

I often like to look at the current job listings spidered from all Internet Sources for USA or Canada and compare them with Employment Projections (federal, state, or local) or Job futures, as they are known in Canada. You might find none of the current high-demand jobs matching the projections -- Only once in several years did I find a city's high demand jobs to all match federal projections. Alternatively, you might find several high demand jobs matching the projections listed in certain years. New jobs emerge, old jobs become obsolete, all sorts of issues arise and projections are redone across the board every two years. In the 2010s, sometimes every year at the state level.


Employment projects for a single US State may exist for 2006 - 2016, 2008 - 2018, and 2009 - 2019. Projections in 2010 for top jobs from 2010 - 2020 are usually available through a number of business and economic analysts, usually online magazines. You may find considerable overlap among the projections for these decades.

A dramatic change from one set of decade projections to the next, newer group of figures may be attributable to some sort of sweeping change in a market area. This might include a huge advancement in technology and an explosion of jobs (New Town ND oil wells in the 2010s) or a catastrophe wiping out an economy (Hurricane Katrina and other flooding events). The financial failure of many auto manufacturers and resultant job losses in 2009 is another example. Money invested in the Ohio Space Corridor and its resulting new types of jobs from Cincinnati to Dayton and Columbus is another positive instance. The mix of jobs in projections can cange quickly.

Resources to Call

If you cannot locate a US State list of employment projections, call the statehouse in the State Capitol and inquire. For a county or city, call the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, or Economic Development entity. Another place to call is the county or city workforce/jobs department - it may be located at the Jobs and Family Services or similar division at the county or city level.


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      7 years ago

      Thank you for the info and list of resources. This HUB get's bookmarked :)

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      The Jet 

      8 years ago from The Bay

      Thank you for this tremendous resource.

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      8 years ago from Cebu City

      Very nice info you got there.. Good job.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      There are now an exodus of Filipinos coming home who are leaving their workplaces in foreign countries because of calamities(in Japan) and social unrest(in Libya), and other job problems everywhere. Our own country can't promise them good-paying jobs here.

      Ms Patty, you have unknowingly made this magnanimous gesture of leading those who are interested to relocate where and when the promise of good job is. I'll recommend this hub, so I'm bookmarking it for my affected relatives and friends. Thank you.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Voted you up, followed you and said this hub is awesome because it is. Nice work.

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      8 years ago from Kansas

      Fantastic job at looking at the trends and being forward thinking! Good job

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      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Greatly informed article that has a lot of meanings in it.thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed this hub. Maybe things are going to get better.

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      8 years ago

      Well informed article. i love stats and comparing them. Thank you for a great Hub!

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      8 years ago from United State

      you have covered all the statistics in a detailed manner.

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      sir slave 

      8 years ago from Trinity county CA.

      I expect that with each passing recession the poor and working poor will be marginalized more in this game of outsourcing musical chairs! inflation and interest are the kickers that keep the money supply flowing back to them(banks)

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      You said it well in one of your responses that 'what's on the site may not be correct.' We have to get more educated and have more than one basket and more than a few eggs. Voted and rated.

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      8 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Great Hub. Helpful for those planning their future and monitoring future employment trends!

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      8 years ago

      This is very good to know, thanks for this great information.

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      8 years ago from UK

      You have done great research. It will surely help newcomers.

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      8 years ago

      Very well written. Good information for those trying to plan their future.

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      8 years ago

      I'm very impressed with your research and writing. Excellent job!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Nice research, very cool!

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      8 years ago from Tropical Island

      talentet.. thanks

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. Well appreciated, really.

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      8 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Great research and very beautiful reply to the question raised by eaubaby. Fantastic hub. I enjoyed reading. Cheers!

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      8 years ago from delray beach, florida

      You really did your research. Excellent hub.

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      8 years ago

      Really informative article, thanks a lot!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks very much!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, Patty, you really excelled yourself in prediction jobs for 2016 and so forth. It is fantastic.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks very much, K9 - the information seems to be changing more quickly year by year!

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      I always know where to come for those things that have to be properly researche; directly to your hub! I think you must be the the 'master research' hubber. So much perfect information in one location makes getting the real-deal info on the topic a piece of cake.

      Employment information is truly one of those topics requiring accurate input. I find your work easy to trust, and for me, that is most important. Thanks for another top-notch hub. You make it easy to be a loyal fan.


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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great hub and comments. Change is constant. Excellent research.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @JASON - Thanks for your kind words; this was written about hours of hard work and still not knowing everything I need to know. The hard march continues.

      @tracel_man1971 - Software would certainly help. Somehow I think official projections are not looking at all the emergning technologies developing at our universities and research agencies - and by the independent citizens we have with a ton of foresight. Thanks for your insightful comments!

      @Pamela99 - It seems that we as job-seekers often look for an official site or sidebar called simply "Top 10 Jobs" and we don't often find it. Sometimes it's not very simple -- Sometimes what's on the site is incorrect!

      @Earth Angel - I should hire you as my writing agent! AND, you have a lot to contribute on these points as well. Great to have you come here and post - Best always to you!

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      Earth Angel 

      8 years ago

      Another Homerun Patty!!

      It has become soooooooooo hard to predict the future trends in the U.S. (and to a lesser extent Canada)because the rules of the game change daily!! Information travels as fast as cell phones and YouTube! Or as fast as the algarythms can be changed on a main frame!

      I think the days of looking for a steady long term job are over! Even if we pick a particular industry to work within, we need to constantly be upgrading our skills, keeping an eye on changes within that industry, and become rigeously honest about the value we add!!

      I have a friend who went into nursing! GREAT profession with high demand!! High demand will probably continue because baby-boomers are getting older! Until someone started bringing even better trained nurses to the U.S. from other countries for a fraction of the cost!!

      I think in the U.S. we have become spoiled and arrogant in only considering what happens within our own borders!! We are becoming a world economy - there is no stopping that - and to me it's a good thing!!

      Creating whidgets for thirty years is no longer viable for most!! Brain power is trumping all, independent thinking with compassion toward a common good is at the top, and that knows no borders!

      So when looking into good jobs/careers for the future, we need to look at both sides of the equation! Which industry will provide good opportunites, and what do we bring to the table that will ensure those long term opportunities will still be open to us!!

      You always bring such good information to the table Patty!! Thank you for all the wonderful HUBS you create - and the thought-process you stimulate!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty, I think it is often difficult to know about job statistic as you hear so many opinions on various news show. I appreciate the fact that you are knowledgeable and know where to look to get accurate information. I think this is an excellent hub.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's like JOB SIMULATION for the years indicated. As if you're traveling in the future; but, with the accumulation of job projection and the prevalent businesses from state to state in America, the median results for these will be collated, then a JOB PROJECTION software can pinpoint or unravel the hottest jobs for the years indicated. Of course, the legit jobs are recorded at the archives of the Department of Labor for outsourcing purposes. I think the trend will be carried out to other progressive countries. JOB ZONING should be also taken into consideration. Opening new educational degrees or courses in the academe will mushroom the academe to meet the demands of job description. ANALYSTS will clamor for a more clear proof on the projection that will surely influence job seekers to apply.ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS should be taken into the limelight, too.

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