May 26, 2022

Reference: BLS Releases New Employment Projections (2016-26) & Updated Version of Occupational Outlook Handbook

UPDATE 3 (October 30) CHART: Thirty Fastest Growing Occupations Projected to Account For 19 Percent of New Jobs From 2016 to 2026 (via BLS)

UPDATE 2: CHART: Projected New Jobs by Major Occupational Group, 2016–26 (via BLS)

UPDATE: What are the Most Viewed Career Profiles in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)?

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Employment Projections

Employment is projected to increase by 11.5 million over the 2016-26 decade, an increase from 156.1 million to 167.6 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This growth—0.7 percent annually—is faster than the 0.5 percent rate of growth during es; the 2006–16 decade, a period heavily affected by the 2007–09 recession. Health care industries and their associated occupations are expected to account for a large share of new jobs projected through 2026, as the aging population continues to drive demand for health care services. The labor force will continue to grow slowly and to become older and more diverse. The aging population is projected to result in a decline in the overall labor force participation rate over the 2016 to 2026 decade.

Direct to Complete Summary (Includes Charts)
7 pages; PDF.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) 

The projections are the foundation of the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), one of the nation’s most widely used career information resources.

The OOH reflects BLS employment projections for the 2016–26 decade.

The updated OOH is available online at

See Also: Extended Article About New Projections:
Projections Overview and Highlights, 2016–26 (via Monthly Labor Review)

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