Special Report

America's 25 Thriving Industries

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20. Local messengers and local delivery
> Employment change 2009-2018: +100.2%
> Employment total: 84,484
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +24.0%
> Avg. annual pay: $35,943

With the advent of smartphone apps that allow users to order food delivery from just about any local restaurant with the push of a button, employment opportunities have surged. Employment in the local delivery industry more than doubled between 2009 and 2018.

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19. Motor home manufacturing
> Employment change 2009-2018: +106.0%
> Employment total: 19,484
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +32.6%
> Avg. annual pay: $55,197

There was a surge in employment in motor home manufacturing, with the number of Americans working in the industry more than doubling between 2009 and 2018. The employment spike is attributable to growing demand for motor homes. Last year, there were 483,700 RV shipments in the United States, up from 165,700 in 2009.

18. Miscellaneous ambulatory health care services
> Employment change 2009-2018: +106.0%
> Employment total: 60,796
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +25.1%
> Avg. annual pay: $60,964

Miscellaneous ambulatory health care services includes such occupations as fitness evaluation and health screening services, smoking cessation services, and pacemaker monitoring. Demand for such services has been driven up by the aging and growing population, which will likely continue to grow and further increase demand.

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17. Other nonscheduled air transportation
> Employment change 2009-2018: +106.5%
> Employment total: 5,502
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +35.6%
> Avg. annual pay: $85,843

Other nonscheduled air transportation is a niche industry that includes charter aircraft services and aviation clubs that provide a variety of services to the public. In the last decade, the number of people working in the industry more than doubled, from 2,664 to 5,502.

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16. Travel trailer and camper manufacturing
> Employment change 2009-2018: +106.6%
> Employment total: 47,346
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +39.5%
> Avg. annual pay: $52,818

Last year, there were 483,700 RV shipments in the United States, up from 165,700 in 2009. The growing popularity of RVs explains not only the employment surge in motor home manufacturing, but also the surge in the camper and travel trailer manufacturing and employment. There are now nearly 50,000 Americans working in the industry, more than double the 2009 figure.