More than 100,000 workers each are employed in five of 24 newly defined jobs the U.S. Department of Labor started tracking separately for the first time in 2012.
Three of the five largest new occupations are computer related: computer network support specialists, with employment of 167,980 in May 2012, computer network architects, with employment of 137,890 and web developers, with 102,940.
The other two are healthcare occupations: nurse practitioners, with employment of 105,780, and phlebotomists , who draw blood for tests and research, with 100,380.
The new data are part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012 occupational employment and wages report, which now tracks 22 major occupational groups and 821 specific jobs.
Other new occupations:
- Some newly defined occupations were quite small: genetic counselors, wind turbine service technicians, and solar photovoltaic installers each had employment of less than 5,000.
- Several occupations earned high wages relative to the U.S. annual mean of $45,790. Nurse anesthetists had an annual mean wage of $154,390, nurse practitioners, $91,450, and nurse midwives, $91,070.
- Information security analysts had an annual mean wage of $89,290 and computer network architects, $94,000.
- Orderlies, with an annual mean wage of $25,700, were among the lowest paid occupations. Phlebotomists ($30,910), opthalmic medical technicians ($35,590), and community health workers ($37,490) also had wages below the U.S. average.