The job outlook for Policy and Program Officers, Researchers and Consultants is considered Average because:
1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.
2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.
3. Hourly wages ($26.65) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is also above average.
4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).