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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 533 growing occupations in Virginia.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Personal care aides
43,700
72,070
65%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
2
Home health aides
11,530
17,450
51%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
3
Physician assistants
2,470
3,570
45%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
4
Nurse practitioners
4,690
6,740
44%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
5
Statisticians
1,180
1,700
43%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
6
Information security analysts
11,730
16,590
42%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
7
Operations research analysts
8,100
11,060
37%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
8
Physical therapist assistants
2,580
3,500
36%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
9
Marriage and family therapists
1,070
1,440
35%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
10
Medical assistants
12,600
16,960
35%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award