As you’re evaluating the career options available to you, one of your considerations should be the number of job openings there will be in the field over the coming years. When there are a lot of openings within an occupation, that means that your skills should remain in high demand. And since lots of employers need the skills that you have, you have a little more flexibility in where you choose to work.
Below, we’ve put together a list of the occupations projected to have the most new jobs created between 2010-2020. You’ll notice that most of these jobs are entry level, and do not have formal educational requirements.
Before you read further, there’s one important thing to understand: these are not necessarily the fastest growing occupations, even though they are projected to have the most job openings. You can see a list of fastest growing jobs here.
|Occupation||New Jobs (2010-20)||Current jobs||Median Salary||Median Hourly||Required Education|
|Registered nurse||711,900||2,618,720||$69,110||$33.23||Associate’s degree|
|Retail salesperson||706,800||4,489,200||$25,130||$12.08||On the job training|
|Home health aide||706,300||921,680||$21,820||$10.49||On the job training|
|Office clerk||489,500||3,024,380||$28,920||$13.90||On the job training|
|Customer service representative||338,400||2,252,430||$33,120||$15.92||On the job training|
|Truck driver||330,100||1,798,420||$39,830||$19.15||On the job training|
|Childcare worker||262,000||1,301,870||$39,830||$19.15||On the job training|
|Cashier||250,200||3,549,960||$20,230||$9.73||On the job training|
|Elementary school teacher||248,800||1,549,520||$54,270||N/A||Bachelor’s degree|
|Receptionist||248,500||1,139,180||$26,7300||$12.85||On the job training|
|Janitor||246,400||2,375,300||$24,840||$11.94||On the job training|
|Landscaper||240,800||1,205,830||$25,650||$12.33||On the job training|
All statistical data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Career One Stop