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2016-2026

Paralegal at Work

A paralegal at work. Typically, paralegals and legal assistants must have at least an associate's degree. Courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education Needed:

Education Needed: No Formal Education Required

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Computer User Support Specialists 15,670 17,570 12.10% $28.00 $58,085
Teacher Assistants 39,330 43,210 7.00% NA $35,247

Education Needed: High School Diploma or Equivalent

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Home Health Aides 7,400 10,460 41.40% $16.00 $33,039
Personal Care Aides 189,810 289,600 39.90% $14.00 $28,585
Physical Therapist Aides 1,410 1,840 30.50% $16.00 $32,885
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 790 1,000 26.60% $27.00 $55,606
Glaziers 1,370 1,690 23.40% $26.00 $54,842
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 1,040 1,280 23.10% $23.00 $46,964
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers 650 800 23.10% $22.00 $45,427
Food Service Managers 14,360 17,550 22.20% $24.00 $50,245
Flight Attendants 7,040 8,580 21.90% NA $51,907
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 26,200 31,930 21.90% $17.00 $35,786

Education Needed: Some College - No Diploma

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Computer User Support Specialists 15,670 17,570 12.10% $28.00 $58,085
Teacher Assistants 39,330 43,210 7.00% NA $35,247

Education Needed: Post Secondary Certification- No Diploma

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Massage Therapists 6,970 9,050 29.80% $20.00 $40,805
Medical Assistants 21,540 27,380 27.10% $18.00 $37,040
Phlebotomists 4,320 5,460 26.40% $21.00 $44,344
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 4,150 5,190 25.10% $16.00 $34,049
Manicurists and Pedicurists 5,560 6,800 22.30% $12.00 $25,139
Barbers NA 780 21.90% $18.00 $38,069
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13,610 16,320 19.90% $15.00 $32,196
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 20,990 25,030 19.20% $25.00 $52,622
Skincare Specialists 1,950 2,310 18.50% $16.00 $32,926
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 7,000 8,280 18.30% $31.00 $63,592

Education Needed: Associate’s Degree

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,480 1,950 31.80% $30.00 $62,036
Occupational Therapy Assistants 530 690 30.20% $33.00 $68,146
Respiratory Therapists 5,340 6,810 27.50% $37.00 $76,769
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,270 1,590 25.20% $39.00 $81,705
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 8,900 10,590 19.00% $26.00 $54,460
Web Developers 7,170 8,490 18.40% $37.00 $77,754
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 5,680 6,670 17.40% $28.00 $58,674
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 600 700 16.70% $42.00 $88,315
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 1,560 1,810 16.00% $20.00 $40,812
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 510 590 15.70% $31.00 $64,198

Education Needed: Bachelor’s Degree

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Software Developers, Applications 16,360 21,880 33.70% $54.00 $112,991
Medical and Health Services Managers 9,280 11,850 27.70% $56.00 $115,880
Operations Research Analysts 2,620 3,340 27.50% $44.00 $92,123
Museum Technicians and Conservators 670 850 26.90% $24.00 $50,652
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 24,000 29,950 24.80% $35.00 $72,667
Actuaries 470 580 23.40% $53.00 $110,940
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 2,190 2,700 23.30% $24.00 $50,296
Dietitians and Nutritionists 2,440 2,960 21.30% $35.00 $72,210
Health Educators 2,530 3,030 19.80% $29.00 $60,309
Forensic Science Technicians 690 820 18.80% $45.00 $93,677

Education Needed: Master’s Degree

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Physician Assistants 1,930 2,650 37.30% $49.00 $102,816
Statisticians 870 1,190 36.80% $40.00 $83,512
Nurse Practitioners 2,900 3,910 34.80% $64.00 $133,473
Curators 410 510 24.40% $37.00 $76,414
Marriage and Family Therapists 3,390 4,170 23.00% $23.00 $47,889
Healthcare Social Workers 4,710 5,700 21.00% $36.00 $75,114
Occupational Therapists 2,770 3,340 20.60% $45.00 $93,860
Mental Health Counselors 5,520 6,580 19.20% $24.00 $50,296
Computer and Information Research Scientists 940 1,120 19.10% $61.00 $127,604
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 5,780 6,870 18.90% $63.00 $131,046

Education Needed: Doctorate or Professional Degree

Occupational Title 2016 Employment Estimate 2026 Employment Estimate Percent Change Median Hourly Wage* Median Annual Wage*
Physical Therapists 5,670 7,200 27.00% $45.00 $92,885
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,570 1,940 23.60% NA $132,123
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 900 1,100 22.20% NA NA
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 510 620 21.60% NA $149,030
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 1,020 1,210 18.60% NA $74,454
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 490 580 18.40% NA $138,835
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 510 600 17.60% NA $123,217
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 1,270 1,490 17.30% NA NA
Optometrists 1,190 1,390 16.80% $58.00 $120,079
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 460 530 15.20% NA $121,775

* Median wages are updated to 1st Quarter, 2018.
NA = Data not available.

Source: California Employment Development Department.