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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 581 growing occupations in Tennessee.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Software developers, applications
6,230
9,500
53%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
2
Home health aides
6,330
9,470
50%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
3
Computer hardware engineers
840
1,250
49%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
4
Operations research analysts
1,820
2,650
46%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
5
Physician assistants
1,570
2,230
42%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
6
Material moving workers, all other
850
1,200
41%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
7
Tax preparers
1,850
2,600
41%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Nurse practitioners
5,280
7,400
40%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
9
Psychiatric aides
2,730
3,800
39%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Personal care aides
20,200
27,920
38%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
11
Information security analysts
1,270
1,750
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
12
Massage therapists
1,820
2,490
37%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
13
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
230
320
36%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Physical therapist assistants
2,730
3,700
36%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
15
Statisticians
620
840
36%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
16
Computer network architects
2,070
2,810
35%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
17
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters
280
380
35%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
Helpers--production workers
21,030
28,410
35%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
7,530
10,140
35%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
20
Physical therapist aides
1,700
2,300
35%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Residential advisors
8,370
11,330
35%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
22
Software developers, systems software
4,140
5,600
35%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Medical appliance technicians
1,900
2,540
34%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Marriage and family therapists
740
990
33%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
25
Computer user support specialists
10,090
13,300
32%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
26
Occupational therapy assistants
930
1,230
32%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
27
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
3,060
4,050
32%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Computer and information research scientists
160
200
31%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
29
Veterinarians
1,440
1,890
31%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
30
Veterinary technologists and technicians
1,310
1,730
31%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
31
Medical assistants
14,460
18,860
30%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
32
Physical therapists
4,620
6,010
30%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
33
Commercial pilots
450
580
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Orthodontists
60
70
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
35
Phlebotomists
2,470
3,200
29%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
36
Respiratory therapists
3,630
4,680
29%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
37
Cartographers and photogrammetrists
150
190
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
38
Civil engineers
5,230
6,710
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
39
Dental hygienists
4,050
5,160
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
40
Financial managers
14,490
18,470
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
41
Hearing aid specialists
130
160
28%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
42
Nurse midwives
80
100
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
43
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary
1,190
1,520
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
44
Technical writers
690
880
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
45
Community health workers
920
1,170
27%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
46
Computer and information systems managers
5,720
7,260
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
47
Dental assistants
5,450
6,930
27%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
48
Dentists, general
1,300
1,650
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
49
Diagnostic medical sonographers
1,830
2,340
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
50
Management analysts
7,900
10,000
27%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree