Special Report

America's 25 Fastest Growing Jobs

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10. Speech-language pathologists
> 2018-2028 projected employment change: +27.3% (153,700 to 195,600)
> Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
> Median annual wage: $79,120

The need for speech language pathologists is projected to be much greater in 2028 than it was in 2018. As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders grows and the baby boomer generation continues to age, increasing the chances of stroke and dementia, a larger number of Americans will need help speaking and communicating.

The number of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow by more than 40,000 by 2028 as compared to 10 years prior. Speech pathologists typically need an advanced degree — more than 87% of these workers hold at least a master’s degree.

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9. Nurse practitioners
> 2018-2028 projected employment change: +28.2% (189,100 to 242,400)
> Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
> Median annual wage: $109,820

Nurse practitioners is one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. Demand for medical services is projected to surge in the coming years, and that demand will likely not be fully met by available doctors and surgeons. As a result, health care models are shifting to rely more on physicians assistants and nurse practitioners. By 2028, there will likely be about 242,400 nurse practitioners in the U.S., up from 189,100 in 2018.

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8. Statisticians
> 2018-2028 projected employment change: +30.7% (44,400 to 58,000)
> Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
> Median annual wage: $91,160

As more companies move more of their business online and collect increasing amounts of data, demand for statisticians is increasing. Statisticians use math to collect and organize the data, often to help businesses improve practices, including design and development. According to BLS projections, there will be over 30% more statisticians in 2028 than there were in 2018 to analyze this data.

Most statisticians earn over $91,000 per year — well more than double the median annual wage of $39,810 for all jobs.

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7. Physician assistants
> 2018-2028 projected employment change: +31.1% (118,800 to 155,700)
> Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
> Median annual wage: $112,260

Physicians assistants do not need a medical degree, but they can still diagnose, treat, examine patients, and prescribe medicine. Increased demand for physicians assistants in the coming years will be driven by similar factors to those driving demand for nurse practitioners. Demand for medical services is projected to surge in the coming years, and that demand will likely not be fully met by available doctors and surgeons. As a result, health care models will likely shift to rely more on team-based health care that include physicians assistants and nurse practitioners. The number of physician assistants in the U.S. is projected to climb 31.1% over the decade ending with 2028.

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6. Information security analysts
> 2018-2028 projected employment change: +31.6% (112,300 to 147,700)
> Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
> Median annual wage: $99,730

As computer systems become more integral to business functions and everyday life, hackers and scammers pose an increasing threat. Demand for information security analysts, who keep computer networks secure, is projected to grow in the U.S. throughout the next decade, and the number of such analysts is projected to grow by 35,400 workers from 2018 to 2028.

Information security analysts have a median annual wage of just under $100,000 — about 2.5 times more than the median wage across all jobs.