Special Report

America's 25 Thriving Industries

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10. Distilleries
> Employment change 2009-2018: +120.3%
> Employment total: 15,839
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: -2.5%
> Avg. annual pay: $66,487

Between 2009 and 2018, the number of distilleries operating in the United States exploded from 132 to 964 — a 630% increase. Not surprisingly, the number of people working in distilleries also spiked in the last 10 years, from 7,189 to 15,839.

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9. All other information services
> Employment change 2009-2018: +128.3%
> Employment total: 22,516
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +117.1%
> Avg. annual pay: $125,927

All other information services is an industry category that includes a broad range of occupations that do not fit neatly into other categorizations. They include stock photo agencies, news clipping services, and telephone-based information services. In the last 10 years, the number of Americans working in such jobs climbed by 128.3%.

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8. Dry pea and bean farming
> Employment change 2009-2018: +135.0%
> Employment total: 853
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +49.9%
> Avg. annual pay: $39,757

Between 2009 and 2018, the number of people working at dry pea and bean farms in the United States climbed by a staggering 135%. Still, the industry remains niche, employing only about 853 Americans.

7. Other food crops grown under cover
> Employment change 2009-2018: +143.3%
> Employment total: 18,233
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +25.4%
> Avg. annual pay: $33,614

The other food crops grown under cover industry includes almost anything grown under glass or protective cover, with the exception of mushrooms. These crops include alfalfa sprouts, melons, hydroponics, and assorted fruits and vegetables, so long as they are grown under cover. Growing such crops in a protected environment allows farmers and gardeners to plant and harvest during times of year when doing so outdoors would not necessarily be possible due to unsuitable temperature and other weather conditions. In the last decade, the number of Americans working in the industry climbed by 143.3%.

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6. Nail salons
> Employment change 2009-2018: +164.3%
> Employment total: 105,245
> 10-yr. change in avg. annual pay: +36.7%
> Avg. annual pay: $20,344

Demand for beauty and personal care services has grown in recent years. The number of nail salons in the United States climbed by 93% in the last decade, from 12,673 to 24,413. Over the same period, the number of people working in nail salons increased by a staggering 164.3%.