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The Fastest-Growing Occupations in the U.S.

by Fiona Christie on September 3, 2010

This is a guest post from Alexis Bonari who is s a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at, researching areas of online schools.

Providing solid numbers from 2008 and offering predictions for the year 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics lends some valuable insight into the issue of U.S. employment. The fastest-growing occupation fields in 2008 are predicted to continue increasing through to 2018, giving some much-needed hope and perspective to struggling prospective employees.

The Solid Numbers from 2008

The categories of “Professional and Related” as well as “Service” composed most of the growing occupations list for 2008. However, some management, business and financial jobs also opened up to allow for increased employment. From biomedical engineers to fitness trainers and aerobic instructors, there does not appear to be any single dominant force in employment sector growth. However, the medical field does look strong with 13 of 30 top growing occupations. Physical therapy-related jobs are dominating, with aides and assistants both on the list, as well as dental occupations. Home health aides and personal/home care aides accounted for the highest number of growing occupations in 2008, with computer software engineers in the field of applications the closest second.

Projected Fields of Employment Growth for 2018

Biomedical engineers are expected to have the highest percentage of growth from 2008 to 2018 at 72.02%. This is also ranked as a “very high” income occupation and should fill out with around 11,600 individuals employed by 2018. The next fastest-growing field is that of network systems and data communications analysis, predicted to experience a rise of 53.36%. Also a “very high” wage job, it should see a total employment of nearly 156,000 people in 2018. Other high-paying occupations that will experience growth include financial examiners at 41.16%, medical scientists (except epidemiologists) at 40.36%, and physicians’ assistants at 38.99%. Home health aides and personal/home health aides, both “very low” income occupations, should see significant increases in employment at 50.01% and 45.99%, respectively.

Overall, the medical profession, specifically the crossover field of biomedical engineering, should be the fastest-growing employment sector between now and 2018. Even jobs that require short-term, on-the-job training (such as home health aides) are on the rise, so an expensive education is not required to join the ranks of solid employment for the future.

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geongia September 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my website. You’ve obviously spent a lot of time on this. Thank you!



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