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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations that were expected to have the largest rate of growth from 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different projections due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 497 growing occupations in Connecticut.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Statisticians
540
740
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
2
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic
760
1,010
34%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
3
Home health aides
7,790
10,440
34%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Operations research analysts
1,470
1,910
30%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
5
Mechanical drafters
1,980
2,550
29%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
6
Nurse practitioners
2,500
3,220
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
7
Software developers, applications
9,490
12,280
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
8
Earth drillers, except oil and gas
50
70
28%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Physician assistants
2,020
2,600
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
10
Boilermakers
190
240
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Personal care aides
31,030
38,800
25%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Mechanical engineering technicians
980
1,220
24%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
13
Mechanical engineers
6,210
7,680
24%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Massage therapists
2,660
3,280
23%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
7,860
9,580
22%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
16
Physical therapist assistants
740
910
22%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
17
Medical assistants
7,790
9,410
21%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
18
Nonfarm animal caretakers
3,470
4,210
21%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Painters, transportation equipment
590
720
21%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
20
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners
150
180
21%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Actuaries
980
1,170
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Aerospace engineers
1,800
2,160
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
3,810
4,550
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
24
Industrial engineers
4,580
5,480
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
25
Materials engineers
700
840
20%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree