Special Report

America's Fastest Growing Jobs

3. Human Resources Specialists
> 10-year job growth:
> Total employed: 456,170
> Median annual pay: $57,420

Over the 10 years ending in 2014, human resource specialist employment grew by 151.7% to 456,170, the third largest job growth over that period. The BLS, however, predicts that the number of human resources specialists will grow by less than 10% from 2012 through 2022 — one of just two occupations with an employment growth forecast of less than 10%. One reason for the low growth prospects may be new technologies that would allow companies to conduct the entire interview process online. Additionally, websites such as LinkedIn and CareerBuilder allow companies to post job openings and recruit new hires directly, mitigating the need for traditional recruiters.

2. Music Directors and Composers
> 10-year job growth:
> Total employed: 21,880
> Median annual pay: $48,180

More than half of all music directors and composers employed in the country work for elementary schools and high schools. In the 10 years ending in 2014, the number of workers employed as music directors and composers increased by 154% to 21,880, the second largest job growth rate. Salaries grew as well over the period. Workers in the field earned $48,180 in 2014, 37.4% more than they did in 2005. Unlike other jobs with large employment gains from 2005 through 2014, cuts to school budgets may hinder employment growth of music directors and composers in the future. The BLS forecasts just a 4.5% employment growth through 2022.

1. Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
> 10-year job growth:
> Total employed: 62,080
> Median annual pay: $44,970

No occupation has grown faster than service unit operators working in natural resource extraction. The number of such workers jumped from 19,530 in 2005 to more than 62,000 in 2014, a 218% growth rate. Workers in these fields are typically responsible for operating and maintaining wells used to extract natural resources. In addition to explosive job growth, median salaries of workers in the field have increased by more than 46%, the highest salary growth in the country. The BLS forecasts employment will grow by 20.9% from 2012 through 2022, nearly double the growth rate of all jobs over that period.

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