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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 422 growing occupations in Kentucky.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Home health aides
2,600
3,700
42%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
2
Personal care aides
16,370
23,010
41%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
3
Statisticians
90
130
36%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
4
Nurse practitioners
3,020
4,010
33%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
5
Physician assistants
1,010
1,340
33%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
6
Software developers, applications
5,220
6,970
33%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
7
Transportation workers, all other
1,050
1,380
32%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Occupational therapy assistants
500
640
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
9
Operations research analysts
950
1,220
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
10
Orthotists and prosthetists
120
150
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
11
Machine feeders and offbearers
6,450
8,100
26%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Physical therapist assistants
1,790
2,250
26%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
13
Medical assistants
8,280
10,210
23%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
14
Occupational therapists
1,750
2,160
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
15
Physical therapists
2,690
3,310
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
16
Respiratory therapists
2,550
3,130
23%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
17
Appraisers and assessors of real estate
520
630
22%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
18
Helpers--production workers
8,000
9,770
22%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Massage therapists
930
1,130
22%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
20
Software developers, systems software
2,010
2,450
22%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
21
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
4,250
5,160
21%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians
160
200
21%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
23
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
1,120
1,340
21%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Veterinary technologists and technicians
1,510
1,820
21%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
25
Athletic trainers
460
550
20%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree