Occupational Data

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2006-2016 Occupational Employment Projections

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Lynn Shniper and Arlene Dohm, "Occupational employment projections to 2016,"Monthly Labor Review, November 2007.
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Occupational Projections and Training Data

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Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)

The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) is prepared by the U.S. Employment Service, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor. The latest version of the DOT is the Revised Fourth Edition (1991). It is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), which defines and describes occupations, is an electronic successor to the DOT. The current O*NET database of occupational information is based largely on data supplied by occupational analysts using sources such as the DOT. During the next phase of development, the O*NET project will revise the existing database with new data collected directly from individual workers. For more information, go to http://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet.


Note that the data below do not project future earnings.

Employment, Training, and Earnings Data

Compare occupations by any of:
  • 2006 employment size,
  • projected 2006-2016 percent or numerical change in employment,
  • projected 2006-2016 job openings due to growth and net or total replacement needs,
  • usual education and training requirements,
  • educational attainment distribution,
  • opportunities for self-employment and part-time work, and
  • unemployment rate.

Projections Methods

For a brief description, see BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 13. Employment Projections, Bulletin 2490, April 1997.

National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix, 2006-2016

Visit our matrix web site to search by occupation to see the industries that had the largest numbers of workers in the occupation in 2006 or in which employment for that occupation is projected to increase the fastest or increase the most over the 2006-2016 period; or to search by industry to see which occupations in that industry had the most workers in 2006 and which will have the fastest growth or largest numerical increase over the 2006-2016 period.

State Occupational Employment Projections

Occupational employment projections are available for most States.

Special purpose files

(NOTE: These are large, complex data files for researchers and data developers who wish to conduct their own analyses or program the data for other purposes. These files reside at our ftp site.)

A description and links to the data files is available at special purpose files.


Last Modified Date: April 15, 2008