Special Report

America's Fastest Growing Jobs

7. Personal Care Aides
> 10-year job growth:
121.7%
> Total employed: 1,257,000
> Median annual pay: $20,440

In the 10 years ending in 2014, the number of people employed as personal care aides rose by 121.7%, the seventh largest employment increase during that time. Employment prospects for people in this field are expected to improve even more dramatically in the future as the population ages and requires more hospice-like help. It is estimated that employment in this area will increase by nearly 50% by 2022, the highest growth forecast of any occupation over that period. Despite rapid job growth, annual salaries have yet to improve meaningfully. In 2014, a typical personal care aide earned $20,440, just 17.9% higher than in 2005, one of the lower increases among jobs reviewed.

6. Petroleum Engineers
> 10-year job growth:
127.1%
> Total employed: 33,740
> Median annual pay: $130,050

Petroleum engineers are among the highest paid workers in the nation, earning a median income of $130,050 in 2014. Their work typically involves assessing and planning drilling operations, as well as determining the equipment and methods necessary to extract oil and natural gas in the most efficient way possible. While most entry-level positions require a bachelor’s degree, every state requires employed petroleum engineers to have a license. Oil prices often play a major role in determining the demand for petroleum engineers — higher prices can offer more room for exploration and development in less hospitable places. The BLS forecast in 2012 that employment in this field would grow by 25.5% by 2022.

5. Massage Therapists
> 10-year job growth:
132.7%
> Total employed: 87,670
> Median annual pay: $37,180

Massage therapists also benefited from the ageing population, with nationwide employment increasing 132.7% from 2005 to 2014. According to the BLS, the rising number of massage clinics has also helped support the field’s high employment growth. The median salary of an employed massage therapist was just over $37,000 in 2014, slightly higher than the median salary across the nation of $35,540. Additionally, 46% of massage therapists are self-employed, compared to roughly 6.5% across all occupations.

4. Logisticians
> 10-year job growth:
140.7%
> Total employed: 125,670
> Median annual pay: $73,870

Logisticians ensure that a product’s supply chain flows smoothly from acquisition to distribution to delivery. In the 10 years ending in 2014, employment of logisticians increased by more than 140%, from 52,220 in 2005 to 125,670 in 2014. Typically requiring a bachelor’s degree, the median salary of workers in the field is nearly $74,000, double the median salary nationwide.

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