10 Fastest-Growing Industries

Fastest-Growing Industries Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder

When you're job hunting, knowing which industries are hiring is part of the battle. In the midst of high unemployment in the private sector, some industries are still emerging as safe bets for the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. With anything from home health care to finance showing steady demand, you're bound to find opportunity.

Here's which industries are experiencing high growth:

1. Rehabilitation

Whether it's occupational therapists, speech therapists or physical therapists working with patients who require this type of medical support, the rehabilitation industry is in demand. As more insurers promote and cover these types of treatments, there will be a great needed for therapists of all kinds. Therapists work in different kinds of settings including medical offices, schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

2. Internet Hosting and Publication

With constant changes in technology, those who work to maintain and publish websites and online tools are predicted to have an easier time in their job hunt. Job seekers in the technology sector focused on Internet hosting and publication work on anything from building new websites to helping optimize existing Internet properties. Working in large corporations is common and contract work is often available.

3. Auto Manufacturing

With the nation's car manufacturers back in growth mode, the year may bring openings to those eager to work in the industry. Positions that have had mass layoffs won't come back in the same way, but creation of other auto industry jobs is safe bet.

4. Waste Management

With recycling programs and constant regulations affecting the waste management industry, those who have an interest in waste management are constantly in demand. Workers deal with anything from collecting and processing to disposing of materials and further monitoring. Within the industry, constantly changing sustainability practices and new ways of dealing with waste can make it a dynamic career. Salaries can be surprisingly high.

5. Sustainability Consulting

"Going green" is definitely on the radar of many companies these days. Sustainability consultants work on anything from insulating a single building to prevent rapid heat loss to making sure companies are compliant with wide ranging Federal regulations.

6. Language

As the global market expands, interpreters, instructors and others in the language industry are integral to helping ease the world's communication difficulties. Translators from languages outside of Europe like Mandarin and Arabic are especially needed. In addition to in-person interpreters, online translation is another key area of growth.

7. Home Health Care

With an aging population, aides in the home health industry are becoming a much-needed niche in the lives of the elderly. Home health is expected to grow tremendously as more baby boomers live far past retirement age, and are eager to live on their own. Pay is expected to rise by 3.9 percent annually, according to the BLS.

8. Ophthalmology

Another strong area in the health care sector, ophthalmologists and those who assist them are needed to meet the growing demands of patients seeking eye care. With new technologies the field is expected to see some of the quickest growth in the sector. Ophthalmologists work on anything from laser surgery to treating diseases associated with the eye.

9. Accounting

With financial regulation affecting both individual and corporate taxpayers, those who work in areas of finance can find themselves swamped with work. Accounting and auditing firms will continue to see an upswing in business as newer regulatory changes come into place.

10. Security

As more businesses focus on security and patrol services, corporate security has had steady growth since 2001. Guards typically work within and outside a business to prevent any wrongdoing. Additionally many security officers are now in demand beyond metropolitan areas and working in smaller cities and towns.

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Alina Dizik researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.com. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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How does poguedg's thoughtful comment relate to the article? His comment reads like someone venting. There's a lot of steam in that brain.

April 09 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We are broke as a country and the people who put us there are laughing all the way to the bank with their million dollar salaries and bonuses. There is no meaningful "Too Big To Fail" legislation. The banks and insurance companies still have the congress in their pocket. It is really sickening. How can we "all be in this together" when they continue to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries(if not millions) and benefits while unemployment exceeds 9% and is more realistically over 18%.

Here is my hit list of 13 Bankers by Simon Johnson (Republican, not that it should matter.)

Ken Chenault, American Express
Ken Lewis, Bank of America
Robert Kelly, Bank of New York Mellon
Vikram Pandit, Citigroup
John Koskinen, Freddie Mac
Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase
John Mack, Morgan Stanley
Rick Waddell, Northern Trust
James Rohr, PNC
Ronald Logue, State Street
Richard Davis, US Bank
John Stumpf, Wells Fargo

We chose this meeting because it aptly symbolizes the solidarity between the new Obama administration and the major banks at the depths of the financial crisis and recession. Speaking with reporters after the meeting, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “We’re all in this together,” a phrase repeated by multiple bank CEOs. This contrasted with the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration of 1933, which largely froze out the bankers, much to their chagrin.

This is also the meeting at which Obama said, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” This was the point at which the government had to decide if it would defend the financial oligarchy from populist outrage, or whether it would reform the financial system that brought us the financial crisis and severe recession. We do not think it was an easy choice. But ultimately Obama and his advisers chose to bet on the bankers they knew. The result has been even larger banks and an even more concentrated financial sector.


April 09 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Many years ago, after 2nd marriage ended, I had 2 young sons to raise on my own.
I went to a famous psychic. What is to happen to my kids and me? amongst personal
things stated he added, "In 38-42 years this nation and the world will enter into such troubled times
as never before seen in recorded history." Well, those times are here. It is 'prepare for survival
times." I, too, feel our government has failed us totally. Obama, like Bush is subjected to the
rules,desires, plans of the big money people; probably a shadow government Cheney was
a part of. One writer stated, "The Great Depression comes." He added, "Nothing can prevent it." He gave 16 reasons why it will occur, adding," Don't believe the media, trust no one, downsize, stock up on basics.' So hard to realize what is happening; I was told the PLAN began in the '50's to dissolve the
middle class, to bring us to third world status, that the Elite Wealthy will rule through a world government.
True or False? I know not. Just repeating here. It is all very sad. I'm a senior, and the country I knew no longer exists.

April 09 2011 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 09 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

try working in a nursing home for awhile

April 09 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There will be no improvemnet in the US economy until we stop NAFTA. We need jobs that create wealth not service jobs.

April 09 2011 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get a position in pet grooming, many ying-yangs pay more for their pets than their childrens needs

April 09 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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April 09 2011 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, and if you play your cards right you may some day become a trash collector.

April 09 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kv37's comment

try getting a trash collecting job in Wisconsin,big time union money being paid

April 09 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmlkdbgram's comment

I think there might be a few union big-wigs, but all in all most of the people in a union are little people unionazing in order to protect the workers rights, like breaks, lunch,vacation and of couse a fair wage for labor.
You have fallen into the trap that big-bussiness wants. they want your help to get rid of the last thing the worker has to protect his rights and thats the UNION! So go ahead and vote yurself into slavery!

April 09 2011 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

This is pathetic... This is all the USA has to offer?????? Before the liberal take over we made everything.. I guess they decided it was best if all the other countries make everything... See where that has got us... Remember the old saying "BUY AMERICAN" ? To bad more Americans didn't remember that, we might not be in this mess..

April 07 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to emkober3's comment

I am not so sure its just the liberals. Remeber big-bussiness is a republican Idea! Greater profit at the expense of jobs in the U.S.A.
When these companies sold only to the usa they were held resonsible to us. Now that they have gone global we are one small part of the buying power.
Look at General Electric. They have not made a profit in the usa for over three years and are getting back pover 3.2 billion in tax refunds from the us Gov.
However they have made an 11. billion dollar profit gobally that they do not pay tax to the usa.

Now thats what I call a ripp-off!!!

April 09 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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