Special Report

America's Fastest Growing Jobs

Alexander Kent, Michael B. Sauter

10. Residential Advisors
> 10-year job growth:
89.6%
> Total employed: 95,750
> Median annual pay: $24,340

The number of employed residential advisors increased by nearly 90% in the 10 years ending in 2014. Among other responsibilities, residential advisors organize activities in residential settings such as student dormitories, rehabilitation centers, and retirement homes. With demand for health services expected to increase, and as more baby boomers enter retirement, the number of employed residential advisors is expected to increase. BLS forecasts the number of residential advisor jobs to rise by more than 20% through 2022, nearly twice as fast as the average job growth across the country.

9. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
> 10-year job growth:
94.7%
> Total employed: 77,940
> Median annual pay: $46,490

Meeting, convention, and event planners are responsible for all aspects of preparing for an event — including location, food, and transportation. The BLS forecasts that employment in this field will increase by 33.2% from 2012 through 2022 because of increased globalization — as businesses shift focus internationally, they will require more meetings and conventions. Already, employment in the field has nearly doubled since 2005, the ninth highest projected growth among occupations.

8. Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
> 10-year job growth:
118.8%
> Total employed: 73,450
> Median annual pay: $35,780

Machine maintenance — both repair and construction of new machines — is a major concern for U.S. energy companies looking to maintain profits. Roustabouts are an integral part of of any energy company that owns oil fields. From 2005 through 2014, the number of people employed as roustabouts in oil and gas increased by 118% to just over 73,000. A typical employee in the field earns $35,780, roughly equal to the median salary across all occupations.