Tech Professionals Seeing Most Gains in Self-Employment

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A recent CareerBuilder survey indicated self-employment seeing a decline in the U.S.—with an estimated 10 million self-employed jobs as of 2013—down to 6.6% (from 7.2% in 2006). However, the findings of the survey, done in conjunction with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), revealed key insights on specific industries that show gains in self-employment (defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, as those who “consider self-employment to be a significant part of their income or time working.” Incorporated business owners are not counted among the self-employed nor are freelancers or professionals who have other smaller, secondary sources of income.)

If you’re looking to become self-employed or want to know the trending industries seeing an uptick, take a look at further findings of the study in terms of booming markets and those that aren’t doing so well in that department.

Self-Employed Occupations with the Most Total New Jobs (2006-2013)

Description Change % Change
Managers, All Other 39,839 15%
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 37,939 13%
Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 37,102 9%
Construction Laborers 30,287 10%
Personal Care Aides 17,367 18%
Web Developers 10,819 67%
Recreation Workers 9,116 40%
Medical Transcriptionists 8,902 375%
Home Health Aides 8,151 22%
Photographers 7,968 12%


Self-Employed Occupations with the Most Total Job Losses (2006-2013)

Description Change % Change
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers -124,620 -22%
Construction Managers -93,185 -38%
Real Estate Sales Agents -71,132 -22%
Carpenters -67,497 -14%
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers -64,446 -33%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2 -62,494 -19%
Childcare Workers -52,502 -9%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers -35,342 -15%
Painters, Construction and Maintenance -28,054 -13%
First-Line Supervisors, Non-Retail Sales Workers -27,568 -21%


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