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10 Hottest Careers for College Graduates

Experts predict where the jobs will be in 2016.

Government economists estimate which occupations will have the most job openings between 2006 and 2016. Openings occur because new jobs are created and because workers retire or leave the field for other reasons.


Occupations with the Most Job Openings: Graduate Degree

Occupation Total Job Openings 2006-2016
Postsecondary teachers 662,000
Lawyers 228,000
Doctors and surgeons 204,000
Clergy 130,000
Pharmacists 95,000
Educational, vocational and school counselors 84,000
Physical therapists 68,000
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 62,000
Rehabilitation counselors 60,000
Mental health counselors 50,000


Occupations with the Most Job Openings: Bachelor's Degree

Occupation Total Job Openings 2006-2016
Elementary school teachers, except special education 545,000
Accountants and auditors 450,000
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 368,000
Computer software engineers, applications 300,000
Computer systems analysts 280,000
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 217,000
Network systems and data communications analysts 193,000
Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents 161,000
Network and computer systems administrators 154,000
Construction managers 152,000


Occupations with the Most Jobs Openings: Associate's Degree or Postsecondary Vocational Award

Occupation Total Job Openings 2006-2016
Registered nurses 1,001,000
Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants 393,000
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 309,000
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 265,000
Computer support specialists 242,000
Preschool teachers, except special education 187,000
Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmotologists 151,000
Real estate agents 115,000
Welders, cutters, solderers and blazers 107,000
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 107,000

Comments from readers

"I think that they mean that they are talking about teachers in subjects not in special education "
"Is special education relevant or not? when you say 'except special education', what do you mean?"
"You forgot to include bus drivers because gas as high as it is people will be taking the bus more often and more bus drivers will be needed in the future. You won't believe it, but some bus drivers have Degrees and prefer doing something else because of something that happen and they lost interest in their old job."
"I have heard so many times that companies are downsizing. With the way technology is replacing so many jobs in the future, what areas do you think would be the best to pursue?"
"What about retail merchandising?"
"I have a son in 6th grade and he is in love with science what careers can I talk to him about. I believe in talking with my children and getting them perpared for whatever they have to do. The other son is interested in computers. "