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Occupational Employment And Wages -- May 2012



Occupational Employment And Wages -- May 2012 [29 March 2013]


[full-text, 24 pages]


Computer network support specialists, with employment of 167,980 in May 2012, and

nurse practitioners, with employment of 105,780, were 2 of the largest new

occupations in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, the

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These are 2 of 24 newly defined

detailed occupations shown in table A. National employment and wage information

for all occupations in the 2010 SOC is shown in table 1.


The data in this news release are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

program, which provides employment and wage estimates by area and by industry

for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed

occupations. In addition, national employment and wage estimates for 94 minor

occupational groups and 458 broad occupations are available for the first time.


New 2010 SOC Occupations


  --Other large newly defined occupations include computer network

    architects, with employment of 137,890, and web developers, with

    employment of 102,940. Phlebotomists, who draw blood for tests,

    transfusions, donations, or research, had employment of 100,380

    in May 2012. (See table A.)


  --Some new occupations were quite small: genetic counselors, wind

    turbine service technicians, and solar photovoltaic installers each

    had employment of less than 5,000. (See table A.)


  --Several newly defined occupations earned high wages relative to the

    U.S. annual mean of $45,790. Nurse anesthetists had an annual mean

    wage of $154,390, nurse practitioners, $91,450, and nurse midwives,

    $91,070. Information security analysts had an annual mean wage of

    $89,290 and computer network architects, $94,000. (See table A.)


  --Orderlies, with an annual mean wage of $25,700, was among the

    lowest paid occupations new to the 2010 SOC. Phlebotomists ($30,910),

    ophthalmic medical technicians ($35,590), and community health workers

    ($37,490) also had wages below the U.S. average. (See table A.)


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