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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 566 growing occupations in Alabama.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
11
Industrial engineering technicians
1,080
1,410
31%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
12
Occupational therapy assistants
500
660
31%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
13
Operations research analysts
850
1,110
31%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Physical therapist assistants
1,950
2,550
31%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearAssociate's degree
15
Industrial engineers
4,850
6,310
30%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
16
Nurse practitioners
2,760
3,600
30%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
17
Personal care aides
15,870
20,570
30%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
18
Athletic trainers
470
590
28%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
19
Phlebotomists
2,390
3,040
28%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
20
Statisticians
210
270
28%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree