Population growth means Hispanics will exert more impact on future labor markets. Between 1982 and 2002, the total U.S. labor force increased by 31 percent, or 35 million workers; Hispanics contributed 11 million people to that growth figure. Continued growth for the next quarter century will make Hispanics nearly one-fifth of the U.S. work force (see table) and the major replacement factor for the retiring baby-boom generation.
Occupational structure will shift toward managerial, professional, and service jobs and away from manual labor. While numerical projections about the future labor force lack certainty – many current job titles didn't exist 25 years ago – the trend toward managerial posts is clear from a comparison of 1983 and 2001 data. Currently, management and professional occupations are the fastest-growing job categories for Hispanics.