- Health Care
- Social Service
- Creative and Service
Here’s a description of the data that US News used:
“For this year’s list, U.S. News examined the Labor Department’s brand-new job growth projections for 2008 to 2018. We looked for occupations that will add jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade or so and those that provide an above-average median income. We analyzed the data for jobs with enough bulk to make them worth mentioning. Since not everyone wants to be a nurse or an engineer, we looked for occupations in a broad range of categories. And since not everyone can go back to school for a doctorate, we included a broad range of educational requirements. . .
. . . In the end, we found a list of 50 jobs that present some of the best opportunities for workers in five categories.”
In response, we pulled together the relevant labor market data and put it on a map so you can see how the jobs have actually performed in recent years.
One note: The US News article is primarily looking at projected data, while we’re looking at historical data for 2008-2010. We gathered the occupations indicated for these sectors and looked at each group of occupations for the entire nation.
Some of the data we’ve gotten back is negative. This shouldn’t be taken as a refutation of the US News article, but hopefully some context for it.
Here’s the data we’ve pulled with some commentary focusing on the states adding or losing the most jobs:
Note: Maps show state job growth/decline totals for each sector.
OCCUPATIONS: Computer software engineers, applications; computer software engineers, systems software; computer systems analysts; computer specialists; biomedical engineers; civil engineers; atmospheric and space scientists; hydrologists; environmental science and protection technicians, including health
|Total % Change||-2.74%|
|2010 Median Hourly Earnings||$37.19|
Between 2008 and 2010 this group of occupations shed 60,000 jobs nationwide. We’d expect to see the effects strong in California, and we do. Texas, Michigan, and Illinois are also hard hit. Washington, home state to Microsoft, comes out a little better than we might expect.
Eight states have shown growth. Maryland and Virginia both grew the most, by around 2000 jobs. While D.C. shows comparatively little presence for these occupations, it shows growth of 1,000 jobs.
Texas and California show the most loss.
OCCUPATIONS: Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists; optometrists; physician assistants; registered nurses; occupational therapists; physical therapists; veterinarians; medical and clinical laboratory technicians; dental hygienists; radiologic technologists and technicians; athletic trainers; physical therapist assistants; massage therapists
|Total % Change||2.74%|
|2010 Median Hourly Earnings||$29.34|
Health care has done well overall. At the national level this health care sector has added over 100,000 jobs from 2008-2010. Texas has added 9,000 more jobs than any other state with a total of just over 17,000 jobs added. Florida, New York, and California are the next highest growers, spanning from around 8,000 jobs (Florida) to 6,000 (California). Alabama is the only state to show decline, a net loss of a few dozen jobs.
3. Social Service
OCCUPATIONS: education administrators, preschool and child care center/program; emergency management specialists; urban and regional planners; marriage and family therapists; medical and public health social workers; clergy; arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators; court reporters; special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school; special education teachers, middle school; special education teachers, secondary school; fire fighters
|Total % Change||0.46%|
|2010 Median Hourly Earnings||$22.56|
This sector has seen net growth from 2008-2010, but the nearly 7,000 jobs don’t make for an astronomical leap forward. Again, Texas is the front-runner, adding over 3,000 jobs in this sector. Pennsylvania is the runner up, adding almost 1,000.
California lost 1,300 jobs in this sector, more than double of the next biggest loss, Georgia (over 600).
OCCUPATIONS: Sales managers; training and development specialists; logisticians; meeting and convention planners; accountants and auditors; financial analysts; personal financial advisors; actuaries; public relations specialists
|Total % Change||3.34%|
|2010 Median Hourly Earnings||$23.04|
Michigan was the only state to post a loss (100 jobs).
5. Creative and Service
OCCUPATIONS: Gaming managers; curators; multi-media artists and animators; technical writers; interpreters and translators; film and video editors; heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers; commercial pilots
|Total % Change||-5.39%|
|2010 Median Hourly Earnings||$17.94|
This sector is a bit of a hodgepodge, which may or may not explain its substantial loss. The nation lost nearly 50,000 jobs in this industry from 2008-2010. Only three states posted gains in this industry: Nebraska (39 jobs), D.C. (30 jobs), and North Dakota (less than 10 jobs).
Florida lost over 5,000 jobs in this sector and Texas lost nearly 3,000.
The US News report does hone in on some interesting areas, but most of these sectors show that they have a lot to recover from. The 2008-2018 projections may show some real reasons for hope, but this data seems to indicate that hope will be hard won.
If you would like to take a closer look at any of these sectors or occupations, please contact Rob Sentz (firstname.lastname@example.org).