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[Excerpt] Every 2 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes projections of employment growth (or decline) by occupation, and many job seekers and students consult these data while making career decisions. In addition to looking at growth rates of various occupations, job seekers may also wish to consider the scheduling of work hours by occupation. For example, people employed in some occupations are more likely than other people to work at night or on weekends. This Issues paper uses data from the American Time Use Survey to examine the workdays of two healthcare occupation subgroups—healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, and healthcare support occupations. (See box.) Employment in these occupations is expected to increase by 2.4 million jobs, or 22 percent, between 2006 and 2016, ranking healthcare occupations among the fastest growing occupations in the economy.


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Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2008). Workdays for people in healthcare occupations. Issues in Labor Statistics (Summary 08-07). Washington, DC: Author.