Occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry gained 5.3 million jobs from May 2007 to May 2016. Only two industries lost jobs during this period for occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry. Manufacturing lost 100,750 jobs in this education category, and retail trade lost 20,150 jobs.
Healthcare and social assistance gained more than 1.9 million jobs in occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry. Common occupations in healthcare include physicians and dentists, which typically need a doctoral or professional degree for entry. Another common healthcare occupation is registered nurses, which typically must have a bachelor’s degree. Healthcare technologists and technicians often need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary nondegree award.