If you’re looking for a new career in the new year, you should start with some research. For example, the first thing people usually hope for in a new career is that they will be hired. Going into a fast-growing field, therefore, should be on a checklist. But not all of the fastest growing jobs are also high paying. If you want to maximize the likelihood of being hired in a well-paid job, this is the top 10
list for you!
This list is a combination of the fastest growing jobs which are also the highest paid jobs from the Employment Projections Program at the US Department of Labor. All of these jobs have median (average) incomes above $50,000. All of these occupations require a Bachelor’s Degree or more with the exception of the 7th and 10th, which require an associate’s degree and technical school training respectively. They are listed in order from highest to lowest paying.
How do I find the Right Career for 2018?
You don’t have to repeat your old mistakes in your new career. Here’s a list of just a few things you can do right now to start the path to the perfect new career for you:
- First, read this blog on Factors to Consider when choosing a new career
- Then, take a test on what you need to know when you are looking for a new career
- Personality Tests show how your personality will affect your work environment
- Interest Tests help ground you in a field
- Ability Tests draw your attention to your innate aptitudes that determine your happiness and success in a career
- Values Tests help clarify what you want out of a job so you can find the job that meets your desires
- Finally, for FREE career coaching, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and ask about coaching services
Highest Paying, Fastest Growing Jobs
Duties: Primarily care for pets, livestock and zoo animals by treating their medical and health issues.
By 2020, approximately 22,000 jobs will be added to the field for total of 83,000 jobs.
Percentage Change: 36% growth
Median Wage: $82,000
#2 Biomedical Engineers
Duties: Design innovative solutions to biomedical problems for the purpose of improving patient health or care.
Numbers by 2020: just under 10,000 jobs added for total of approximately 25,000
Percentage Change: 62% growth
Median Wage: just under $82,000
#3 Medical Scientists
Duties: conduct clinical trials or other research methods for the purpose of finding solutions that improve human health.
Numbers by 2020: approximately 36,000 jobs added for total of 137,000 jobs
Percentage Change: about 36% growth
Median Wage: almost $77,000
#4 Physical Therapists
Duties: help rehab or chronic patients improve the movement of their limbs and muscles or facilitate the management of their pain
Numbers by 2020: just over 77,000 jobs added for total of 200,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 40% growth
Median Wage: just over $76,000
#5 Dental Hygienists
Duties: provide preventative dental care including cleaning teeth, and information on good oral health to patients.
Numbers by 2020: over 68,000 jobs added for a total of more than 250,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 38% growth
Median Wage: $68,000
Duties: diagnose and treat the hearing and balance problems of patients
Numbers by 2020: almost 5,000 jobs added for a total of about 13,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 37% growth
Median Wage: $67,000
Duties: use special sound wave imaging equipment to diagnose medical conditions in patients
Numbers by 2020: just over 23,000 jobs added for a total of 77,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 45% growth
Median Wage: $65,000
#8 Marketing Researchers
Duties: analyze demographic and market conditions in special areas to determine the potential sales of product or service
Numbers by 2020: almost 117,000 jobs to be added for a total of about 400,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 41% growth
Median Wage: $61,000
#9 Cost Estimators
Duties: estimate required time, money, resources, and labor based on their data analyses for manufacturing products or construction projects or even particular services.
Numbers by 2020: about 67,000 jobs added for total of 253,000 jobs
Percentage Change: just more than 35% growth
Median Wage: almost $58,000
#10 Occupational Therapy Assistants
Duties: assist occupational therapists in improving the skills of patients with disabilities or physical limitations due to injury or illness needed for daily life and working at a job
Numbers by 2020: just over 12,000 jobs added for a total of 41,000 jobs
Percentage Change: 43% growth
Median Wage: $51,000