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Bright Outlook Occupations

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The National Center for O*NET Development has identified "Bright Outlook" occupations, where new job opportunities are likely in the next several years. Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will need large numbers of new job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

Criteria

Every Bright Outlook occupation matches at least one of the following criteria:

Projected to grow rapidly

These occupations are projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 22% or more) over the period 2012-2022. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics external site. The "much faster than average" designation comes from the Occupational Outlook Handbook external site, 2014-15 edition.

Projected to have large numbers of openings

These occupations are projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2012-2022. Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement, as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics external site.

New and Emerging occupations

New workforce requirements, including changes in technology, society, law or business practices, are leading to new and emerging (N&E) occupations in the United States. Such N&E occupations were identified within high growth industries, as described in the New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations Methodology Development report.

Bright Outlook occupations were initially identified in 2010, using the BLS 2008-2018 employment projections. The list was last revised in 2014, using 2012-2022 projections.

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Bright Outlook in the O*NET sites

Bright Outlook occupations are indicated throughout O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, and My Next Move for Veterans. Look for the sun icon (Bright Outlook sun icon) to find occupations where job opportunities are likely in the next several years.

The Browse Bright Outlook feature within O*NET OnLine allows the user to focus in on occupations with high growth, a high number of projected job openings, or those that are new and emerging. For each Bright Outlook occupation, the user can view a Summary Report with key details. My Next Move and My Next Move for Veterans also provide the user with easy access to the Bright Outlook careers, so that new job seekers, students, and other career explorers can learn more about promising career opportunities.

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Occupational Listings

Current:
All Bright Outlook occupations
Projected to grow rapidly
Projected to have large numbers of openings
New and Emerging occupations

Past:
All Bright Outlook occupations — 2012
All Bright Outlook occupations — 2010

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