The Bureau of Labor Statistics updated their top 10 fastest growing careers on January 30, 2018. These careers all have various educational requirements as well! For instance, the fastest growing career is a Solar Photovoltaic Installer (or solar panel installer). You only need a high school diploma or equivalent and you get trained on the job! The salary is almost $40,000 a year and it has a 105% growth rate. Also, though they don’t earn as much as some of the other fastest growing careers, home health aides and personal care aides have a significant occupational growth rate and you only need a high school diploma or equivalent to get started as well.
Here is the list of the top 10 fastest growing careers projected to have the most growth through 2026. It is important to note that these are just projections and the growth rates could be revised each year.
- Solar photovoltaic installers | 105% Growth Rate | $39,240 per year
A solar installer, which is also called a PV installer (which stands for photovoltaic), installs and maintains solar panels on people’s homes, business, or on land. Learn how to become a solar panel installer.
- Wind turbine service technicians | 96% Growth Rate | $52,260 per year
A wind turbine technician repairs and installs different components of wind turbines which involves testing and troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems. Learn how to become a wind turbine service technician.
- Home health aides | Growth Rate 47% | $22,600 per year
A home health aide provides care, companionship, and assistance to the elderly, chronically ill, disabled, or otherwise impaired person. Learn how to become a home health aide.
- Personal care aides | Growth Rate 39% | $21,920 per year
Personal care aides assist plan and prepare meals, do light housekeeping, and help with organizing their schedules while arranging transportation to and from the doctors or store. Learn how to become a personal care aide.
- Physician assistants | Growth Rate 37% |$101,480 per year
A physician assistant (also known as a PA) is a health care professional who is trained and licensed to offer health care services under the supervision of a physician or surgeon. They are not a doctor or physician but the job profile includes many of the same responsibilities. Learn how to become a physician assistant.
- Nurse practitioners | Growth Rate 36% | $100,910 per year
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse but with more education, training, and responsibilities than a general nurse. Learn how to become a nurse practitioner.
- Statisticians | Growth Rate 34% | $80,500 per year
A statistician develops and applies statistical or mathematical theories to obtain and summarize useful information to help solve real-world problems. Learn how to become a statistician.
- Physical therapist assistants | Growth Rate 31% | $56,610 per year
A physical therapy assistant helps patients that are healing from illnesses or injuries regain movement and manage pain under the supervision of a physical therapist. Learn how to become a physical therapy assistant.
- Software developers | Growth Rate 31% | $100,080 per year
Software developers retrieve, store, and manipulate data to analyze a system’s capability and requirements. They are responsible in the whole process for developing software. Learn how to become a software developer.
- Mathematicians | Growth Rate 30% | $105,810 per year
A mathematician works for business, the sciences, government, and engineering and conduct research to develop and understand mathematical principles. Learn how to become a mathematician.
If you’re interested in any of the top 10 fastest growing careers careers, research how many job openings there are in your area. Even though they have a high growth rate may not mean the location you live has many opportunities. For instance, if you live in a very overcast location, there may not be solar panel installation jobs. You can start your research by running a search on an online job board, filter the jobs by your location, and see how many opportunities there are. While you’re at it, look for the minimum requirements for the job and what experience employers are looking for. This can give you insight into what you’ll need to accomplish to land the job!
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fastest Growing Occupations.