A registered nurse prepares to administer a flu shot.
Considering a career change? You may want to think hard about nursing, and you probably don’t want to set your sights on a job as a mail carrier.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday released its predictions for what jobs will see the biggest growth – and the biggest declines – between 2010 and 2020.
Overall, government analysts expect employment to grow show growth of 14.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, meaning 20.5 million new jobs will be added.
But job growth will hardly be equal across all industries and job categories. The BLS projects registered nurses will see the biggest job growth over the decade, adding more than 711,000 jobs.
Retail sales will be the second-biggest area of growth, with a predicted 706,000 jobs added.
The government also offered projections on where jobs will disappear fastest. Two words come to mind here: Snail mail.
Postal service mail sorters, carriers and clerks make up three of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest declines over the decade. That should not be too surprising given plans to close thousands of post offices nationwide.
The farming and ranching business, which employed about 1.2 million people as of 2010, is expected to shed 96,000 jobs over the position, the largest number for a single occupation.
And if you had your heart set on work operating a sewing machine or switchboard, bad news: Those were also on the list of jobs expected to become much more scarce.
And now for the good news. Here’s a list of the 15 occupations expected to see the largest job growth by 2020:
- Registered Nurses
- Retail Salespersons
- Home Health Aides
- Personal Care Aides
- Office Clerks, General
- Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
- Customer Service Representatives
- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
- Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
- Postsecondary Teachers
- Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
- Childcare Workers
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
- Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education