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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations expected to have the largest rate of growth from 2016 to 2026. This does not mean these are the occupations with the most openings. You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 637 growing occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
11,300
23,100
105%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
2
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
5,800
11,300
96%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
3
Home Health Aides
911,500
1,342,700
47%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Personal Care Aides
2,016,100
2,793,800
39%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Physician Assistants
106,200
145,900
37%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
6
Nurse Practitioners
155,500
211,600
36%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
7
Statisticians
37,200
49,800
34%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
8
Physical Therapist Assistants
88,300
115,800
31%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
9
Software Developers, Applications
831,300
1,086,600
31%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
10
Mathematicians
3,100
4,000
30%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
11
Bicycle Repairers
12,400
16,100
29%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Genetic Counselors
3,100
4,000
29%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
13
Information Security Analysts
100,000
128,500
29%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Medical Assistants
634,400
818,400
29%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Occupational Therapy Assistants
39,300
50,700
29%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
16
Physical Therapist Aides
52,000
67,200
29%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
Physical Therapists
239,800
306,900
28%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
18
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
1,700
2,200
27%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Operations Research Analysts
114,000
145,300
27%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
20
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
11,100
13,900
26%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearNo formal educational credential
21
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
233,500
294,000
26%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
22
Massage Therapists
160,300
202,400
26%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
23
Occupational Therapy Aides
7,500
9,300
25%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Phlebotomists
122,700
152,800
25%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
25
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
50,000
62,400
25%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearNo formal educational credential
26
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
241,500
300,000
24%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
67,900
84,200
24%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
28
Occupational Therapists
130,400
161,400
24%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
29
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
16,700
20,800
24%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearNo formal educational credential
30
Actuaries
23,600
28,900
23%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
31
Athletic Trainers
27,800
34,100
23%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
32
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
67,300
82,900
23%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
33
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
595,400
733,700
23%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
34
Marriage and Family Therapists
41,500
51,200
23%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
35
Medical Secretaries
574,200
703,200
23%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Mental Health Counselors
157,700
194,200
23%
N/AMaster's degree
37
Respiratory Therapists
130,200
160,600
23%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
38
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
41,400
51,100
23%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearNo formal educational credential
39
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
102,400
126,200
23%
N/ABachelor's degree
40
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
17,300
21,100
22%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Orthotists and Prosthetists
7,800
9,500
22%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
42
Wellhead Pumpers
11,500
14,000
22%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
43
Audiologists
14,800
17,800
21%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
44
Medical and Health Services Managers
352,200
424,300
21%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
45
Nurse Midwives
6,500
7,800
21%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
46
Dental Assistants
332,000
396,600
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
47
Dental Hygienists
207,900
248,900
20%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
48
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
19,600
23,500
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
49
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
127,800
152,900
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
50
Healthcare Social Workers
176,500
212,000
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
51
Hearing Aid Specialists
6,800
8,200
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
52
Helpers--Extraction Workers
17,000
20,300
20%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
53
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
44,500
53,200
20%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
54
Therapists, All Other
24,100
28,900
20%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
55
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
102,000
122,400
20%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearAssociate's degree
56
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
12,600
15,000
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
57
Computer and Information Research Scientists
27,900
33,200
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
58
Dentists, General
132,800
158,500
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
59
Financial Managers
580,400
689,000
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
60
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
55,500
65,800
19%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
61
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
123,900
147,900
19%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
62
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
6,800
8,100
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
63
Orthodontists
6,600
7,800
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
64
Prosthodontists
900
1,100
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
65
Veterinarians
79,600
94,600
19%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
66
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
83,800
100,000
19%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
67
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
104,200
123,000
18%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
68
Community Health Workers
57,500
67,800
18%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
69
Interpreters and Translators
68,200
80,300
18%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
70
Optometrists
40,200
47,400
18%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
71
Social and Community Service Managers
147,300
173,800
18%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
72
Speech-Language Pathologists
145,100
171,000
18%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
73
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
3,452,200
4,032,100
17%
Median wage is less than $27,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
74
Film and Video Editors
34,200
40,000
17%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
75
Forensic Science Technicians
15,400
18,000
17%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
76
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
46,200
54,100
17%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
77
Pipelayers
44,100
51,700
17%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearNo formal educational credential
78
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
28,500
33,400
17%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
79
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
25,100
29,200
16%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
80
Extraction Workers, All Other
4,200
4,800
16%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
81
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
15,000
17,400
16%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
82
Nurse Anesthetists
41,800
48,600
16%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearMaster's degree
83
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
21,700
25,000
16%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
84
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
480,600
555,800
16%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
85
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
354,200
411,600
16%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
86
Social and Human Service Assistants
389,800
453,600
16%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Anesthesiologists
33,000
38,100
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
88
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
62,300
71,700
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
89
Dietitians and Nutritionists
68,000
77,900
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
90
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
248,000
285,400
15%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
91
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
47,600
54,600
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
92
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
276,100
316,500
15%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
93
Fundraisers
90,400
103,800
15%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
94
Health Educators
61,000
69,900
15%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree
95
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
332,900
381,700
15%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
96
Internists, General
49,800
57,000
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
97
Opticians, Dispensing
77,600
89,300
15%
Median wage is between $27,100 to $38,290 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
98
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
285,600
327,400
15%
Median wage is between $38,300 to $59,350 per yearAssociate's degree
99
Pediatricians, General
29,600
34,100
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
100
Personal Financial Advisors
271,900
312,300
15%
Median wage is greater than $59,350 per yearBachelor's degree