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The Top Jobs and Where to Find Them


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Between now and 2022, total employment is projected to increase by increase by 15.6 million or 10.8%

If you have the right education or training you may be well positioned for success in this growing job market. If you're not quite there yet, take a look at these rapidly growing occupations and see if you can get on a fast track to a new job or career.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment by occupation classification as well as by the largest and fastest growing occupations. Here's an overview of the jobs estimated to have the most growth between now and 2022. 

Top Ten Jobs - Fastest Growing 
These are the occupations with the highest rate of growth. Industrial-organizational psychologists lead the list, with a 53% increase. Next on the list is personal care aides at 49 %, followed by home health aides with a 48% projected increase in jobs. Healthcare related jobs top the list of occupations with projected high growth: 

Top Ten Jobs - Largest Growth 
These are not all the most prestigious jobs, but, they are the ones with the highest number of projected new workers. Personal care aides lead the list with an increase of 580,800 new jobs by 2022. 526,800 registered nurses will be needed, along with 434,700 retail salespersons. This list includes a broad spectrum of employment options: 

The fastest growing occupations for projected growth between now and 2022 are concentrated in the healthcare and construction trades sectors.

Industrial-organizational psychologists lead the list, with a 53% increase. Next on the list is personal care aides at 49%, followed by home health aides with a 48% projected increase.  Insulation workers can expect a 47% increase in job openings, while interpreter and translator jobs, as well as diagnostic medical sonographers, are both expected to grow by 46%.

Helpers - brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile/marble setters and occupational therapy assistants are both projected to increase by 43%. Last on the list of the top ten fastest growing occupations were genetic counselors and physical therapy assistants, both with projected growth of 41%

Top 10 Fastest Growing Occupations: 2012 - 2022

  • Industrial-organizational psychologists
  • Personal care aides
  • Home health aides 
  • Insulation workers, mechanical
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Helpers-brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile/marble setters 
  • Occupational therapy assistants 
  • Genetic counselors
  • Physical therapy assistants

These are not all the most prestigious jobs, but, they are the ones with the highest number of projected new workers.

There isn't any one category that will contain the most growth, rather the list is a cross-section of industries, including business, construction, hospitality, and healthcare.

The 10 Occupations with the Largest Job Growth: 2012 - 2022

  • Personal care aides
  • Registered nurses
  • Retail salespersons
  • Home health aides
  • Food preparation and serving workers
  • Nursing assistants
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants, except medical, legal, and executive
  • Customer service representatives
  • Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
  • Construction laborers

Where to Find the Jobs 
Some of these hot jobs have significant educational and/or experience requirements, others don't. If you are qualified, now's the time to get going on your job search! If you are not qualified yet, keep in mind that these occupations will continue to grow for at least the next ten years. So, you have plenty of time to prepare for a career change. Take a look at the available opportunities to see which If you are qualified, then consider your options for the future. Start your online job search here: 

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