The 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade

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The job landscape is always changing, based on the needs of the market, and there is no time like the present to examine those evolving jobs.

The latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that between 2019 and 2029, the U.S. is expected to gain 6 million new jobs.

The federal agency expects that the health care and social assistance sector will see more of these new jobs than any other sector. In fact, six of the 10 fastest-growing jobs are in health care.

If you’re looking for a job that’s likely to be around a decade from now, read on to learn about the occupations projected to grow fastest.

Or, if you prefer to first learn which occupations to avoid, head on over to “15 Jobs That Will Shrink the Fastest Over the Next Decade.”

1. Wind turbine service technicians

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 60.7%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 4,300 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $52,910

2. Nurse practitioners

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Nurse practitioners are among the most highly compensated types of nurses there are, as we detail in “How Much Nurses Get Paid in Every State.”

Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 52.4%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 110,700 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $109,820

3. Solar photovoltaic installers

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Considering that adding solar panels can increase the value of your home by five figures, on average, it’s no wonder this occupation is booming.

Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 50.5%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 6,100 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $44,890

4. Statisticians

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 34.6%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 14,800 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $91,160

5. Occupational therapy assistants

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 34.6%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 16,300 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $61,510

6. Home health and personal care aides

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 33.7%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 1,159,500 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $25,280

7. Physical therapist assistants

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 32.6%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 32,200 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $58,790

8. Medical and health services managers

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 31.5%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 133,200 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $100,980

9. Physician assistants

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The six-figure salary isn’t the only perk of this rapidly growing occupation. It’s also rewarding. A vast majority of people with degrees in physician assistant studies feel their work makes the world a better place, according to a PayScale ranking of the most meaningful college majors.

Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 31.3%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 39,300 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $112,260

10. Information security analysts

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Projected job growth rate for 2019-2029: 31.2%

Projected job increase for 2019-2029: 40,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of 2019: $99,730

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