Bright Outlook Occupations
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.
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 29% or more) over the period 2010-2020. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics . The "much faster than average" designation comes from the Occupational Outlook Handbook , 2012-13 edition.
Projected to have large numbers of openings
These occupations are projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2010-2020. Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement, as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
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 revised in 2012, using the updated 2010-2020 projections.
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 () 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.