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The Fastest-Growing Jobs of the Next Decade

The Fastest-Growing Jobs of the Next Decade

The BLS predicts the industries to watch this decade

 

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If you’re looking for a new job or considering changing career paths, these are the industries to watch in the next decade based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Fastest growing occupations” and “Most New Jobs”  projections for 2019-2029, both modified in September 2020. Did your dream job make the list? 

Counselors

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), substance abuse, behavioral and mental health counselors are among the occupations that will see the most new jobs. The BLS predicts that there will be 79,000 new jobs between 2019 and 2029 at a median annual salary of $46,240. The number of marriage and family therapists is expected to jump nearly 23% in those 10 years while employment for substance abuse, behavioral and mental health counselors will grow 24.7%.

Project management specialists

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Project management specialists and business operations specialists will also see some growth in the coming decade. This career path is projected to bring in 79,800 jobs at a median annual salary of $73,570. 

 

Management analysts

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The BLS predicts that the field of management analysts will add more than 90,000 jobs between 2019 and 2029 with a current median salary of $85,260. Management analysts work with an organization to increase efficiency and may be required to travel or work more than 40 hours per week.

Passenger vehicle drivers

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Passenger vehicle drivers — with the exception of bus drivers, transit and intercity drivers — will see growth over the next decade with 94,400 new jobs expected in the next 10 years. This category includes shuttle and chauffeur drivers, school or special client drivers and taxi drivers.

Servers

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At the time of the analysis, servers were expected to see 97,600 new jobs between 2019 and 2029, with a median salary of $22,890 per year.

Janitors and cleaners

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Jobs for janitors and cleaners, which doesn’t include maids and housekeeping cleaners, will increase by more than 100,000 by 2029 and currently has a median salary of $27,340 per year. 

Financial managers

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According to the BLS, financial managers will have 108,100 new jobs added by the end of the decade at a median salary of $129,890 per year. 

Nurse practitioners

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Nurse practitioners are registered nurses that can order examinations, diagnose illnesses and assign treatments. They are expected to see 110,700 new jobs in the next decade at a median annual salary of $109,820 per year. This is also one of the fastest-growing industries overall with a projected 52.4% growth in employment by 2029.

Nursing assistants

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Nursing assistants will also gain more than 110,000 new jobs over the next decade at a median annual salary of $29,660 per year. The occupation is expected to experience 8% growth overall, according to the BLS. Along with orderlies, nursing assistants will be in demand to help care for an increasing number of older patients as the baby boomer population ages. 

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

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Landscaping and groundskeeping workers will gain 119,900 new jobs in the next 10 years at a $30,400 median annual salary. According to a September 2020 report from ResearchandMarkets.com, the landscaping market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% between 2020 and 2025. This is due, in part, to the “growing demand for residential outdoor landscaping from younger households across the country, following the industry dip after the economic recession.”

Hand laborers and freight, stock and material movers

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The industry of hand laborers and freight, stock and material movers, which includes workers both in and out of warehouses, is predicted to grow 3% and, due to turnover, the outlook for job availability is also optimistic.

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

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Market research analysts and specialists will see an increase of 130,300 new jobs in the next 10 years and receive a 2019 median annual salary of $63,790 per year.

Medical and health services managers

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Medical and health services managers are expected to see just over 31% growth in the next 10 years with 133,200 new jobs and a $100,980 median annual salary.

General and operations managers

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General and operations managers work in a variety of industries and can include positions with titles like chief executive and chief operating officer. This career path, which is often demanding of both time and travel, is expected to see 143,800 new jobs in the next 10 years with a median annual salary of $100,780 per year. 

Registered nurses

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Registered nurses are projected to see a jump of more than 220,000 new jobs and receive a 2019 median salary of $73,300 per year.

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

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Software developers, who are behind some of the world’s most-used apps and technologies, hold the No. 4 spot for most new jobs with an anticipated increase of 316,000 new jobs at a median 2019 salary of $107,510 per year. The industry is also expected to grow 21.5% between 2019 and 2029.

Restaurant cooks

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At the time of analysis, restaurant cooks were anticipated to gain 327,300 new jobs in the next decade with a 2019 median salary of $27,790 a year. The industry is anticipated to grow 23.1% overall in the next 10 years.

Fast food and counter workers

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Fast food and counter workers, who are responsible for customer service, food preparation and other tasks at restaurants, will gain a projected 460,900 jobs by 2029 at an annual salary of $22,740.

Home health and personal care aides

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At the top spot for the most new jobs in the next decade, home health care and personal care aides are expected to see more than 1 million jobs added in the next 10 years and make a 2019 median salary of $25,280 per year. As with other health care professions, the demand for home health aides and personal care aides will increase as the baby boomer generation continues to age.

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