Total U.S. employment is projected to grow from 153.5 million to 165.4 million from to 2030, an increase of 11.9 million jobs, or 7.7%, according to the latest projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Excluding a projected increase of 9.3 million jobs attributed to the COVID–19 recovery from low base-year employment for 2020 and its associated recession, employment is projected to increase by 1.7%

According to the bureau, health care support occupations are projected for the fastest employment growth among all occupational groups. Among the occupation categories that will likely see significant growth are those in nurse practitioners, physical therapist assistants, and physician assistants.

Personal care and service occupations and food preparation and serving related occupations also are projected for rapid employment growth, mainly due to recovery growth following low 2020 base-year employment.

Computer and mathematical occupations also are on track to see fast employment growth as strong demand is expected for IT security and software development, in part due to increased telework spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Demand for new products associated with the Internet of Things (IoT), and for analyzing large datasets is also expected to contribute to fast employment growth for these occupations, which include statisticians, information security analysts, and data scientists,” the bureau said.