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Share of women in occupations with many projected openings, 2016–26

| March 2018

Women predominate in many of the occupations that are projected to have high levels of openings over the 2016–26 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

The chart shows the 20 occupations that are projected to have the most openings each year, on average, for all workers over the 2016–26 decade. And 13 of these occupations employed more women than men in 2016.


Projected openings are not specific to gender. Openings for all workers in an occupation arise from employment growth and when workers retire, transfer to another occupation, or leave for some other reason. Most of the openings in the occupations shown in the chart are projected to arise from workers who leave the occupation permanently, rather than from job growth.

BLS also has information about the education typically required to enter an occupation and the training needed to attain competency in the occupation. Hover over a bar in the chart to see those details, along with the projected openings data.

Data on shares of workers by gender are from the BLS Current Population Survey, a monthly survey of households that collects information about demographic and labor force characteristics. Data on projected occupational openings and typical entry-level education come from the BLS Office of Employment Projections.

Domingo Angeles is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. He can be reached at

Suggested citation:

Domingo Angeles, "Share of women in occupations with many projected openings, 2016–26," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2018.

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