Table 3-B
Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of employment and job openings in S&E occupations: 2006–16
(Thousands)
 
Occupation BLS National
Employment
Matrix 2006
estimate
BLS projected
2016
employment
Job openings
from growth and
net replacements,
2006–16
10-year
growth in total
employment (%)
10-year job
openings as
percent of 2006
employment
 
All occupations 150,620 166,220 50,732 10.4 33.7
All S&E 5,187 6,296 2,280 21.4 43.9
Computer/mathematical scientists 2,859 3,694 1,466 29.2 51.3
Life scientists 258 292 103 12.8 40.0
Physical scientists 267 309 109 15.7 41.0
Social scientists/related occupations 291 330 96 13.3 32.9
Engineers 1,512 1,671 505 10.6 33.4
S&E-related occupations          
S&E managers 513 616 200 20.1 39.0
S&E technicians 874 986 303 12.8 34.7
Computer programmers 435 417 91 -4.1 20.9
Physicians and surgeons 633 723 204 14.2 32.3
Health technologists and technicians 2,612 3,094 1,074 18.5 41.1
Selected other occupations          
Postsecondary teachers 1,672 2,054 662 22.9 39.6
Lawyers 761 844 228 11.0 29.9
 

BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTES: Estimates of current and projected employment for 2006–16 period from BLS's National Employment Matrix. Data in matrix from Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and Current Population Survey (CPS). Together, these sources cover paid workers, self-employed workers, and unpaid family workers in all industries, agriculture, and private households. Because derived from multiple sources, data can often differ from employment data provided by OES, CPS, or other employment surveys alone. BLS does not make projections for S&E occupations as a group; numbers in table based on sum of BLS projections in occupations that National Science Foundation considers S&E.

SOURCE: BLS, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, National Industry-Occupation Employment Projections, 2006–2016 (2007).

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