Adding $18.6 trillion to the world’s economy in 2016, the U.S. is a behemoth without equal. Massive as it is, it is not more than the sum of its parts — a handful of underlying sectors that are composed of smaller sub-sectors, which can be further broken down to a few hundred more specialized industries.
Subject to ever-changing market forces, the industrial composition of the U.S. economy is anything but static. Several factors, such as the improving job market, aging population, rapid technological advancement, and evolving consumer tastes, have led to the rise and fall of entire industries in the United States.
Over the past decade, these market forces have galvanized a number of industries — in some cases contributing to nearly triple employment growth. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007 to 2016 to identify America’s 25 thriving industries. Not confined to a single segment of the economy, the industries on this list represent a range of disparate sectors including manufacturing, health care, education and agriculture.