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Labor Market Information Center

Hot Careers (High Demand-High Wage Occupations)

To help individual career planners and job seekers identify occupations with the most favorable job outlook from a labor market perspective, the Labor Market Information Center identifies high demand-high wage occupations, or "Hot Careers."

Learn how Hot Careers are determined.

Hot Careers Resources

Current Job Openings in Hot Careers

Employment Projections and Current Wage Estimates of the Hot Careers

Hot Careers poster

Hot Careers flier

Occupational Profiles of Hot Careers

How Hot Careers Are Determined

To be on the Hot Careers list, an occupation must have projected demand for workers (2014-2024) that is greater than the average across all occupations. That average annual projected demand across all occupations is 18; so any occupation for which the average annual demand is projected to be 19 or greater is considered to be "high demand." Additionally, to make the "Hot Careers" list, an occupation has to have an average wage that is greater than the average wage across all occupations, using the most current wage estimates available. The average annual wage across all occupations using 2015 data (the most current occupational wage estimates available) is $38,503, so only those occupations with average annual demand of 19 or greater AND an annual average wage of $38,504 or greater are included on the Hot Careers list.

For more information on average annual demand, visit our Employment Projections Technical Notes page. For more information on wage estimates, visit our Occupational Wages Technical Notes page.