The Top 30 Fastest Growing Careers

March 5, 2010

In the last article, Good news for workers over 50: Demographics are in your favor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there will be plenty of quality jobs in the next 8 years. This report highlights the top 30 fastest growing careers over that same time period.

Here’s the list:

1. Biomedical engineers
2. Network systems and data communications analysts
3. Home health aides
4. Personal and home care aides
5. Financial examiners
6. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
7. Physician assistants
8. Skin care specialists
9. Biochemists and biophysicists
10. Athletic trainers
11. Physical therapist aides
12. Dental hygienists
13. Veterinary technologists and technicians
14. Dental assistants
15. Computer software engineers, applications
16. Medical assistants
17. Physical therapist assistants
18. Veterinarians
19. Self-enrichment education teachers
20. Compliance officers
21. Occupational therapist aides
22. Environmental engineers
23. Pharmacy technicians
24. Computer software engineers, systems software
25. Survey researchers
26. Physical therapists
27. Personal financial advisors
28. Environmental engineering technicians
29. Occupational therapist assistants
30. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

As you can see, these are not WalMart greeter positions. Most require a bachelor’s degree and some require masters and doctoral degrees. For those looking for their next career chapter, here are the areas where there will be a high demand for these jobs over the next 8 years. College students take note also – while jobs are scarce right now, the demand will come back quickly for these professions.

What are you doing to sharpen your skills and take advantage of the next job recovery?

By the way, you can see my columns on career coaching and transitions at SF

JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

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