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With changes in the economy, technological advancements and transforming consumer/societal demands; certain industries are beginning to diminish as the market no longer calls for their services, whereas other more high-in-demand sectors are on the increase. Healthcare and tech are some of the fastest growing sectors and jobs within these industries are expected to multiply over the coming years.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its employment projections, identifying the occupations that are expect to grow significantly between 2014-2024.

Though industry growth isn’t the sole deciding factor when looking for a new job, if you’re looking for a career that will offer you security and progression over the coming decade, here are some of the top occupations that are expected to spike in the next 10 years:

Highest Percentage growth:

1)  Wind Turbine Service Technicians

  • Number of new jobs: 4,800
  • Percentage growth: 108%
  • Median Salary: $44,136

2) Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Number of new jobs: 14,100
  • Percentage growth: 42.7%
  • Median Salary: $56,950

3) Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Number of new jobs: 31,900
  • Percentage growth: 40.6%
  • Median Salary: $54,410

4) Physical Therapy Aide

  • Number of new jobs: 19,500
  • Percentage growth: 39%
  • Median Salary: $24,650

5) Home Health Aide

  • Number of new jobs: 348,400
  • Percentage growth: 38.1%
  • Median Salary: $21,380

Highest number of new jobs:

1) Personal Care Aide

  • Number of new jobs: 458,100
  • Percentage growth: 25.9%
  • Median Salary: $20,440

2) Nurse 

  • Number of new jobs: 439,300
  • Percentage growth: 16%
  • Median Salary: $66,640

3) Home Health Aide

  • Number of new jobs: 348,400
  • Percentage growth: 38.1%
  • Median Salary: $21,380

4) Food preparation and service staff

  • Number of new jobs: 343,500
  • Percentage growth: 10.9%
  • Median Salary: $18,410

5) Retail Sales Assistant

  • Number of new jobs: 314,200
  • Percentage growth: 6.8%
  • Median Salary: $21,390

Highest growth graduate jobs:

1) Nurse Practitioner

  • Number of new jobs: 44,700
  • Percentage growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary: $95,350

2) Physical Therapist

  • Number of new jobs: 71,800
  • Percentage growth: 34%
  • Median Salary: $82,390

3) Statistician

  • Number of new jobs: 10,100
  • Percentage growth: 33.8%
  • Median Salary: $79,990

4) Physician Assistant

  • Number of new jobs: 28,700
  • Percentage growth: 30.4%
  • Median Salary: $95,820

5) Operations Research Analyst

  • Number of new jobs: 27,600
  • Percentage growth: 30.2%
  • Median Salary: $76,660

Find out more below!

Fastest Growing Occupations, 2014-24

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