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Occupations with the Most Job Openings

Knowing which occupational fields will offer the most job openings over the next decade can give you an advantage in an already competitive job market. Explore state and national labor market trends and forecasts to see geographic differences in job and career opportunities.

CareerOneStop's Occupations with the Most Openings tool compiles data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which allows you to search job trends based on education level and location. Knowing which occupations are projected to have the most job openings through 2020 can help you choose a career path with a higher likelihood of working in the same industry as you move. Using the query for 'Associate's degree,' the top 10 jobs with the most openings across the United States include the following:

Title Job Openings Education Requirements Median Wage
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education15,869Associate degree$28,800
Paralegals and Legal Assistants8,270Associate degree$49,500
Dental Hygienists7,030Associate degree$72,900
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians6,809Associate degree$39,000
Web Developers5,860Associate degree$66,100
Physical Therapist Assistants5,470Associate degree$56,600
Radiologic Technologists5,440Associate degree$57,400
Respiratory Therapists4,330Associate degree$58,700
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other3,810Associate degree$46,000
Computer Network Support Specialists3,690Associate degree$62,700

California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington have the largest total share of U.S. military personnel. Using the query for 'Associate's degree,' the top five occupations with job openings for these states include the following:

CaliforniaGeorgiaNorth CarolinaTexasVirginiaWashington
Preschool Teachers, Except Special EducationPreschool Teachers, Except Special EducationPreschool Teachers, Except Special EducationPreschool Teachers, Except Special EducationPreschool Teachers, Except Special EducationPreschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Web DevelopersParalegals and Legal AssistantsMedical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansParalegals and Legal AssistantsParalegals and Legal AssistantsWeb Developers
Paralegals and Legal AssistantsMedical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansParalegals and Legal AssistantsRadiologic TechnologistsWeb DevelopersDental Hygienists
Medical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansDental HygienistsDental HygienistsMedical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansDental HygienistsParalegals and Legal Assistants
Electrical and Electronics Engineering TechniciansRadiologic TechnologistsRadiologic TechnologistsComputer Network Support SpecialistsMedical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansRadiologic Technologists

You can use CareerOneStop's 'Occupations with the Most Openings' tool to select an education level and your state of interest, to view the occupations with the most job openings in the state in which you live or to which you will be relocating.

To explore education or employment opportunities in your local area, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, enter your home installation and select 'Spouse Education, Training and Careers.' If you want to learn more about the labor market or what careers might work best for you, visit the Explore the Labor Market section of the Career Exploration lifecycle stage on MySECO. Career coaches are also available at 800-342-9647 to assist you in finding the information you need.

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