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High- and low-wage jobs to grow most over 5 years

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The U.S. economy is expected to add 7,232,517 jobs over the next five years—a 5% increase—but a new study from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. shows that workers in middle-wage jobs may not find as many opportunities.

High-and low-wage occupations are each projected to grow 5% from 2016 to 2021, but middle-wage jobs are only estimated to grow by 3%. At the same time, 61% of the 173 occupations expected to lose jobs over the next five years are in the middle-wage category.

High-wage occupational growth, 2016 – 2021

Software developers: 12%
Computer systems analysts: 12%
Market research analysts: 11%
Management analysts: 9%
Registered nurses: 9%

Middle-wage occupational growth

Medical assistants: 11%
Customer service reps: 6%
Maintenance/repair workers: 5%
Truck drivers: 4%
Office clerks: 4%

Low-wage occupational growth

Home health aides: 19%
Cooks: 9%
Nursing assistants: 9%
Security guards: 6%
Janitors: 6%

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., August 2016

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