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The 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs for the Next 10 Years

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The job landscape is always changing, based on the needs of the market. The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs projections, for 2020 through 2030, show the U.S. gaining 11.9 million new jobs over that time.

The BLS projections have the health care and social assistance sector adding the most new jobs, with the most rapid growth in leisure and hospitality, as that industry recovers from the pandemic.

If you’re looking for a job that’s likely to be around a decade from now, read on for the fastest-growing occupations, ranked by their rate of projected growth.

To see which occupations to avoid, read “10 Jobs That Will Shrink the Fastest Over the Next Decade.”

1. Wind turbine service technicians

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 68.2%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 4,700 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $56,230

2. Nurse practitioners

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 52.2%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 114,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $111,680

Nurse practitioners are among the most highly compensated types of nurses, as we detail in “Here’s How Much Nurses Make in Every State.”

3. Solar photovoltaic installers

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 52.1%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 6,100 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $46,470

4. Statisticians

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 35.4%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 14,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $92,270

5. Physical therapist assistants

Physical therapist
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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 35.4%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 33,200 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $59,770

6. Information security analysts

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 33.3%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 47,100 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $103,590

7. Home health and personal care aides

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 32.6%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 1,129,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $27,080

8. Medical and health services managers

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 32.5%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 139,600 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $104,280

9. Data scientists and other mathematical science occupations

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 31.4%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 19,800 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2020: $98,230

10. Physician assistants

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Projected job growth rate for 2020-2030: 31%

Projected job increase for 2020-2030: 40,100 jobs

Median annual wage on May 2020: $115,390

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