Fastest Growing Careers

As you’re choosing a career (or thinking about moving into a new one), it’s important to think about how the occupation will grow over time. After all, nobody wants to spend years of their life developing a skillset that won’t be needed in the future.

While it’s impossible to say for certain which occupations will have the greatest levels of growth, we can use past and current statistical data to make statistical predictions.

Below, you will find a list of careers that are projected to grow the most (as a percentage) between now and 2020. The occupations are ranked according to the projected growth column, which is calculated as ((projected jobs – current jobs) / current jobs) * 100%

While the following information can be useful, you shouldn’t base your career decision entirely on this data. It’s useful, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, it doesn’t include the opportunities for advancement that may have a brighter (or bleaker) long-term outlook. This information should be but one of many factors that you consider.

Occupation Projected growth Current jobs (2010) Projected jobs (2020) Mean Salary Required Education
Home health aides 69% 1,017,000 1,723,900 $20,560 High school diploma
Biomedical engineer 62% 15,700 25,400 $81,540 Bachelor’s degree
Veterinary technician 52% 80,200 121,900 $29,710 Associate’s degree
Physical therapist aide 43% 47,000 67,300 $23,680 High school diploma
Glazier 42% 47,900 59,600 $36,640 High school diploma
Market research analyst 41% 282,700 399,300 $60,570 Bachelor’s degree
Brickmason 40% 89,200 125,300 $46,930 High school diploma
Physical therapist 39% 198,600 276,000 $76,310 Doctoral degree
Dental hygienist 37% 181,800 250,300 $68,250 Associate’s degree
Bicycle repairer 37% 9,900 13,600 $23,660 Less than high school
Audiologist 36% 13,000 17,800 $66,660 Doctoral degree
Stonemason 36% 15,600 21,400 $37,180 High school diploma
Cost estimator 36% 185,000 252,900 $57,860 Bachelor’s degree
Veterinarian 35% 61,400 83,400 $82,040 Doctoral degree

All statistical data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Career One Stop