The job market goes up and down, and sometimes it can be difficult to predict which fields are going to do well, and which will see little or no job growth at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released information on the 20 occupations with the biggest change of employment between 2014 and 2024. Looking for a job in one of these fields or occupations is a great idea if you are hoping to change fields, have a potentially more stable job with a positive future outlook, or you want to know where to look for abundant jobs.
The occupations included in the Bureau of Labor Statistics list vary greatly when it comes to the field that they fall under, so there are opportunities for many different kinds of positions, from wind turbine service technicians to personal financial advisors. Some positions require little education or training, and some require a Master’s or even a doctoral degree.
Here are 10 of the jobs that you can bet will be abundant in 2017:
- Wind turbine technicians
It’s no surprise that wind turbine technicians are at the top of this list. According to Energy.gov, the projected growth of the wind industry is 404.25 gigawatts across 48 states by 2050 (a projected increase of 180.15 GW since 2030). As a result, we will certainly need technicians to install and repair the wind turbines. If you’re comfortable working with heights, and you like to work outside, then this might be the job for you. The typical entry-level education is some college but no degree, and the median annual wage was $51,050 in May 2015. Plus, the field is projected to grow 108 percent from 2014 to 2024.
- Occupational therapy assistants
If you enjoy helping people recover, or you want to help people improve their ability to work and live each day, but you don’t want to become a full occupational therapist, then becoming an assistant or aid is a possibility. Assistants and aides can help provide the therapy or give support, and work with the therapists. Therapy assistants need an associate’s degree, and may need to be licensed; aides usually have a high school diploma. The 2015 median pay was $54,520 per year.
- Physical therapy assistants
Similar to occupational therapists, this is a great job for someone who likes to help others. Physical therapy assistants work directly with the therapists to help patients recover from an injury or illness. The median pay is slightly lower than it is for occupational therapy assistants and aides ($42,980 per year), but the employment change is also 40 percent. The required education is also similar. Many people find that assistant therapy positions can be very fulfilling, and since the pay is also decent, this can be a great choice if you want a job that is projected to keep hiring.
- Home health aides
Unfortunately, home health aides don’t get paid very much ($21,920 median per year), and this may cause some people to shy away from these positions. However, the work is certainly meaningful, as aides help people who have an illness, disability, or impairment. They can work with older adults, and work in the patient’s home, but can also work in a group setting or day services program. The job outlook is 38 percent, no formal education is required, and short-term job training is available.
- Nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives
If you’re willing to go through some school or educational classes, you might find that it’s worth your time in order to get a job in this field. With a median pay of $104,740 per year, these jobs certainly pay well enough for many people. The job duties for each position can vary by state and by practice, but often nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as midwives, have many varied and interesting job duties. A Master’s degree is required for these positions, and the job outlook is 31 percent.
- Physical therapists
You probably noticed that physical therapist assistants are facing a strong job outlook, and physical therapists are projected to do almost as well (34 percent). You will need a doctoral or professional degree, but the median pay for 2015 was $84,020. Like the assistants, therapists help patients improve their movement, manage pain, and help prevent further issues as well. Benefits of this career include making a difference, becoming a movement expert, having job security, and having location flexibility and the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.
Like analyzing things? Want to make $80,110 per year? If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, you won’t have to worry about work experience or on-the-job training. Statisticians are seeing a 34 percent job growth outlook, and enjoy using statistical analysis and methods to look over data and help fix problems. Statisticians can work in many different fields, and also many different locations. About 15 percent of statisticians work for the federal government, 14 percent are in scientific research and development services, and 13 percent pursue finance and insurance.
- Operations research analyst
This is another position that requires a great deal of analysis and math. These analysts also use mathematical and analytical methods, and they focus on helping organizations handle issues and solve problems. The median pay was $78,630 per year in 2015, and the job outlook is 30 percent growth. Most operations research analysts work full-time in office settings, so if you like to sit at a desk this might be a great fit for you.
- Personal finance advisors
Most people want more money, right? If you choose to become a personal financial advisor, you can help people make wiser decisions when it comes to money, and hopefully provide intelligent and helpful financial advice to people from all walks of life. All you will need is a bachelor’s degree, and long-term on-the-job training is often available. The job outlook is 30 percent, and the median pay was $89,160 per year in 2015. This is also a position that can bring you to almost any city or state in the country, because financial advisors are needed everywhere.
- Genetic counselor
If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, becoming a genetic counselor can be an extremely interesting career, and will allow you to study DNA. The median pay in 2015 was $72,090, and the job outlook was 29 percent. Genetic counselors meet with individuals or families, and help determine the risk of inherited conditions. They also can provide information to health care providers. You may work in your own office, at a hospital, or at a doctor’s office. You will need to become certified in order to be a genetic counselor.