Still trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? Join the club.
Seriously, though, choosing a career path can be a daunting decision, and it’s one you shouldn’t take lightly. There are so many factors to consider, like salary, education/training requirements, and, most important, your own personal interests and abilities.
Another important factor to consider is job growth. You don’t want to choose a field that’s in decline or will be obsolete in a few years. What you want is a career that will be in high demand and provide the most opportunities for employment.
Starting today and continuing next week, we’re going to count down the top 10 fastest growing jobs through 2022 as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.
So let’s get started. Here’s No.’s 10 through 6:
10. Physical Therapist Assistant
Projected growth: 41%
Median annual salary: $53,360
Requirements: Associate degree and be licensed or certified in your state.
Physical Therapist Assistants work alongside physical therapists to help patients recover from surgery, illnesses, and injuries. They help patients manage pain and regain movement through exercising muscles, guiding the patient through a specific plan of treatment determined by the physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants may work in clinics, rehab centers, offices, outpatient centers, education centers, research centers, extended care facilities, schools, sport training facilities, industrial places, and hospitals.
9. Genetic Counselor
Projected growth: 41%
Median annual salary: $63,590
Requirements: Master’s degree in genetics or genetic counseling
Genetic counselors work with individuals and families considering undergoing genetic testing. As part of their duties, they help people identify their risks for certain disorders by investigating family health history and interpreting information. Genetic counselors provide a valuable service by helping people understand and adapt to the various implications of genetic contributions to disease.
8. Occupational Therapy Assistant
Projected growth: 43%
Median annual salary: $55,270
Requirements: Associate degree and licensing or registration in your state
Occupational therapy assistants guide patients through rehabilitative exercises, following a treatment plan developed by an occupational therapist. They educate the patient on various activities, such as the proper way to move from a bed to a wheelchair, or accepted techniques for proper joint care and protection. They work closely with their patients, providing guidance and encouragement. They also record their patient’s progress and document billing of his/her health insurance provider.
7. Assistants for Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
Projected growth: 43%
Median annual salary: $28,260
Requirements: No formal education; on-the-job training
Depending on what type of tradesman you’re working with, you may be required to:
- mix mortar, plaster, and grout
- erect scaffolding
- use power saws or tile cutters
- prepare, install, repair, or rebuild tile, brick, or stone surfaces
- locate and transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites
- clean installation surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites, or storage areas
- move materials using cranes, hoists, or dollies
6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Projected growth: 46%
Median annual salary: $66,410
Requirements: Associate degree or postsecondary certificate plus professional certification.
Diagnostic medical sonographers use high-tech equipment to create images of structures inside the human body, which physicians then use when making a medical diagnosis. Using a small device called a transducer, these highly skilled technicians send high frequency sound waves into the patient’s body. These waves bounce off the structures inside and are then analyzed by a computer to make an image that can be analyzed by the physician. Other duties include obtaining and recording an accurate patient history, performing diagnostic procedures, analyzing technical information, providing a written summary of the technical findings, clerical scheduling, and computerized image archiving.
So there’s No.’s 10 through 6. Watch next week for the top 5 fastest growing jobs! Stay tuned…
*Median salary info is as of May 2013; average job growth rate over all occupations is 11%