Actor jobs to increase

Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 13% growth by 2018

Actors will tell you that there are always more people trying out for parts than there are parts. While that may be true, the good news for actors is that job growth for thesps will exceed the employment growth in the economy.

According to the latest Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, acting jobs will increase 13% from 2008 through 2018. That’s significantly more than overall U.S employment, which is projected to grow 10%.

Although actors are slated to see more employment improvement than others in the entertainment world, producers and directors are likely to match the economy, with 10% job growth in the decade through 2018, according to the BLS. Also among those to see 10% job growth are music directors and composers.

Dancers are likely to experience below-average job gains at 7%, but that’s better than the picture for choreographers, who face a mere 5% growth in employment.

For people contemplating a change in careers, BLS estimates that the occupation with the fastest growth will be biomedical engineering. Through 2018, the U.S. economy will generate 72% more new jobs in that field.