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Will Growing Occupations Offer Economic Security?

The figure above compares some of the nation’s faster growing occupations which do not require 4-year college degrees to selected US BEST incomes (for workers with employment-based benefits) by family type. Through 2020, openings due to growth will be greatest among registered nurses, retail sales persons, home health aides and customer service representations. Such occupations represent the diversity of wages the country will see in coming years if anticipated economic development trends are realized. Nationwide, registered nurses earned an average of $32.56 per hour in 2010; retail sales persons earned just over a third of that, $12.02 per hour on average. Home health aides earned an average of $10.46 per hour.

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