Over the 2004-14
decade, career choices abound for those seeking jobs that
have high earnings and many opportunities.
The chart shows occupations that ranked in
the top two earnings quartiles for 2004 median earnings.
This means that 2004 median earnings in these occupations
were higher than those of at least half of all workers.
The job openings in the chart represent
openings available to people who are entering the occupation
for the first time. Some of these openings are positions
that need to be filled because workers have left an
occupation permanently for any reason—changing to another
occupation, retiring, or returning to school, for example.
Other openings are new positions created because of growth
in the occupation.
These job openings do not include every opening that
exists. Because the chart is measuring opportunities for
workers who want to enter the occupation, for example, job
openings are not included if they will be filled by workers
already in that occupation.