100 Fastest Growing Careers

fastest growing careersThe top 10 fastest growing careers in the next eight years shouldn't surprise anyone who has paid attention to news on where the jobs are, even during the recession. Half of the top 10 are in medical fields, with home health aides at the top with 48 percent growth projected through 2018 and 103,050 annual job openings.

But what's surprising and a little disheartening is that the largest number of annual job openings -- 391,590 -- are in food and beverage service and related workers, according to a new book, '100 Fastest-Growing Careers.' In other words: fast-food jobs, where the pay is often minimum wage and turnover among young workers is high. The food and beverage industry is No. 50 in the book -- putting it right in the middle of the fastest-growing careers, with a 10 percent growth rate.

The 402-page book, published by JIST Works, costs $17.95. Most of its content, however, is available for free online by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor. The BLS charges $23 for a paper cover edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook, or OOH, and $39 for the hard cover version.

The U.S. economy is shifting from goods-producing to service-producing, and 14.5 million new wage and salary jobs in the service industries are anticipated, according to the BLS, whose 2010-11 edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook makes projections from 2008 through 2018. Much of the JIST book, which is in its 11th edition, is from the OOH, and the government will release new 10-year occupational projections in December 2011.

Here are the top 10 fastest-growing careers listed in the book, followed by percent growth through 2018 and annual job openings.

  1. Home health aides and personal and home care aides: 48%, 103,050 jobs.
  2. Computer network, systems, and database engineers: 30%, 46,080 jobs.
  3. Registered nurses: 22%, 103,900 jobs.
  4. Medical assistants: 34%, 21,780 jobs.
  5. Accountants and auditors: 22%, 49,750 jobs.
  6. Dental assistants: 36%, 16,100 jobs.
  7. Human resources, training and labor relations managers and specialists: 22%, 49,750 jobs.
  8. Management analysts: 24%, 30,650 jobs.
  9. Computer software engineers and computer programmers, 21%: 45,210 jobs.
  10. Pharmacy technicians and aides: 25%, 18,810 jobs.

There's a high correlation between education and income in those jobs.

fastest-growing-careers"It's kind of hard to find get-rich quick occupations," or at least legal ones, said Laurence Shatkin, who worked on updating the book.

Home health aides can get short-term, on-the-job training, and dental assistants can get moderate on-the-job training. Bachelor's degrees or better are needed in the other top careers.

The book, as well as the free BLS guide online, gives detailed descriptions. The book gives a detailed description of the work; describes training and other qualifications, and advancement details; job outlook; earnings; related occupations; and sources of additional information.

Personal and home care aides, for example, earned a median wage of $9.22 an hour in May 2008. Home health aides had median hourly wages of $9.84. The jobs require taking care of people, often in the client's home, and includes light housekeeping. It's a physically demanding job.

The book also has sample resumes for some of the fastest-growing careers, tips on interviewing and a job-match grid to help choose a career.

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Crystal Yorker

I have been a freelance programmer using www.workersoncall.com for 4 years now.I have definitely noticed a significant increase in the amount of IT work that is being done. This is a good time to get involved in the industry!

June 12 2013 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Circione

1. The Best way tgo earn an Cheer is to Lean a High paying Fast growung Job that pays $50,000.00 A year or more too! I agreed !

July 16 2012 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All of these jobs require some higher education; the days of working hard and on the job training are over. If you need help finding a good college I recommend Top College Resource

August 09 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The people in power want you to blame immigrants that dont even speak english as the reason why we cant get jobs.The bastards in power escape blame if you blame immigrants.DIVIDE AND CONQUER BABY

August 02 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The markets/Jobs listed are accurate to some degree. However, I've had many clients reaching beyond what they originally "planned" or "trained" for. This is the perfect time to follow a dream and have success in more areas of your life than finances alone. There are wonderful tests online that are free to take that can access your natural talents and personailty profile for the career that fits you best. It's a rough time for so many- for others the glass is half-full and they are choosing to fill 'er up! Blessings to you!

August 01 2010 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott durigano

just remember, all the things needed in theses fields are transported by TRUCKS! where is trucking jobs on thier list?

August 01 2010 at 7:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What of Auditing Jobs?

July 25 2010 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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clint mckie

The energy auditing jobs referred to in my blog is just that. There is a huge demand for energy auditers. If you are interested in becomeing an energy auditer, then you can go to internachi.com or saturn resource management.com and no you don't even need a highschool education for the certification process. With a little common sense and some training you to can become an energy auditer. Every building built "ever" needed or needs an energy audit. Even the so called "green homes" Look into it. Check with your local weatherization agency usually ran by a community action program. Go to work for them they will get you all the training you need to start yopur own business. Hope I answered your question. Feel free to e-mail any time. clint mckie

August 19 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about the trades? Plumbing, roofing etc. At least they can't ship those to China! Or can they?

July 24 2010 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yea look at all the jobs that are out there,everyone is hiring.Plenty of jobs if you can live on and support a family making $9.00 an hour with no insurance

July 24 2010 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why don't they stop listing data processing jobs. Those jobs are going off shore and have been for years. They are going to India, China, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, etc ..... Americans are losing their jobs daily in this industry. So, stop the false listing of these jobs.

Jobs may be growing in that industry but, not for Americans.

July 24 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to snake's comment

hey i am a medical assistant , nurse aide , paid all this money to for school but still can not find jobs they keep saying i need two years of experience. Which is a joke. WE AMERICANS ARE NOT GETTING ANY JOBS !!!!! WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER. INSTEAD THIS IMMGRANTS TAKEN THEM.

August 01 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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