What Are the 20 Fastest Growing Jobs?

Secure your job security. If you are looking for a job field expected to see growth in the upcoming years, consider getting your degree in healthcare or technology. According to the Department of Labor, it is estimated that 50% of the 20 fastest growing jobs from 2004-2014 will be in healthcare, with another 25% in computer-related fields. Naturally, as the population grows older and lives longer, the need for qualified medical workers will continue to rise. Similarly, the high growth rate in computer-related fields is the result of new advances in technology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following jobs are expected to have the highest growth rates through 2014:

  1. Home Health Aides
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Medical Assistants
  4. Physician Assistants
  5. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  6. Physical Therapist Assistants
  7. Dental Hygienists
  8. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  9. Dental Assistants
  10. Personal and Home Care Aides
  11. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  12. Database Administrators
  13. Physical Therapists
  14. Forensic Science Technicians
  15. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  16. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  17. Physical Therapist Assistants
  18. Occupational Therapist Assistants
  19. Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
  20. Occupational Therapists

Of the 20 fastest growing jobs, a majority of the healthcare positions are for support staff such as assistants and aides. Since many of these jobs can be filled without earning a medical degree, they may be a good option for adults looking to change careers. However, most of the better-paying jobs listed above still require a bachelors degree or other postsecondary education.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics