IT, Healthcare Jobs Highlight New BLS Classifications

IT, Healthcare Jobs Highlight New BLS Classifications

Kyle Kensing

Nurse anesthetists, computer network architects and two dozen other emerging careers are among the new job categories that have grown large enough to be tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 24 new occupations defined in the BLS Standard Occupational Classification system (SOC), five are in the IT sector; nine are healthcare professions.

More than 105,000 were employed as nurse practitioners in spring 2012, most among the new healthcare positions added. With a mean wage of $91,450 annually, the field is also one of the most lucrative in the SOC reclassified group.

Nurse practitioner is a Jack-or-Jill of all trades, per the BLS definition, handling everything from diagnoses to lab work, x-rays and prescriptions. The career’s diverse skill set should translate to more opportunities in the coming years with the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, which extends medical coverage to an estimated 30 million more Americans.

The BLS estimates there are only 34,180 nurse anesthetists in the healthcare industry, but the profession is financially attractive with an annual mean wage of $154,390.

Tech careers are expected to buoy the job market in the coming years as well, and three of the four highest employment fields in the new classifications are from the tech sector. Web developer employment is an estimated 102,940; computer network architect employment is 137,890; and computer network support specialist employment is 167,980.

The growth potential for computer network architects and computer network support specialists can be gleaned from other professions becoming more web-based. Cloud computing is changing how human resource managers, accountants and others store data.

Cisco Systems estimates nearly two-thirds of all data will be cloud-based by 2016. Research firm Gartner, Inc. expects revenue from cloud computing to grow to nearly $207 billion that same year, up from $90 billion in 2011. With the proliferation of vital information stored on these networks, companies need top flight specialists to stay ahead of hackers, a key reason the BLS added this job to those it tracks.

Fundraisers 48,530 $55,220
Information security analysts 72,670 $89,290
Web developers 102,940 $66,100
Computer network architects 137,890 $94,000
Computer network support specialists 167,980 $62,960
Community health workers 38,020 $37,490
Special education teachers, preschool 21,770 $57,770
Special education teachers, all other 39,260 $56,160
Exercise physiologists 5,820 $47,610
Nurse anesthetists 34,180 $154,390
Nurse midwives 5,710 $91,070
Nurse practitioners 105,780 $91,450
Magnetic resonance imaging technologists 29,560 $65,410
Ophthalmic medical technicians 29,170 $35,590
Hearing aid specialists 4,980 $46,780
Genetic counselors 2,000 $55,820
Orderlies 53,920 $25,700
Phlebotomists 100,380 $30,910
Transportation security screeners 47,200 $37,130
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 23,070 $52,690
Financial clerks, all other 39,290 $39,580
Solar photovoltaic installers 4,710 $40,620
Wind turbine service technicians 3,200 $48,320
Food processing workers, all other 37,570 $24,880
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