Continuing from last week, we’re counting down the top 10 fastest growing jobs as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.
So here goes…the top five fastest growing jobs:
5. Interpreter or Translator
Projected growth: 46%
Median annual salary: $42,420
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, must be fluent in more than one language
As the economy becomes more and more global, interpreters and translators will be in high demand. Both interpreters and translators convert information from one language to another; however, interpreters work in spoken or sign language, while translators work in written language. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours, though, they may be self-employed with variable work schedules.
4. Mechanical Insulation Worker
Projected growth: 47%
Median annual salary: $40,500
Requirements: High school diploma. apprenticeship
Mechanical insulation workers specialize in applying insulating materials to pipes, ductwork, or other mechanical systems. They measure and cut insulation; remove or seal off old asbestos insulation; determine the amount and type of insulation needed; install sheet metal around insulated pipes; apply, remove, and repair insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork, or other mechanical systems; interpret blueprints and specifications; cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces, and more.
3. Home Health Aide
Projected growth: 48%
Median annual salary: $21,020
Requirements: No formal education required, high school diploma with some formal training
Home health aides work for certified home health or hospice agencies to help disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired patients, as well as with older adults who require assistance. Depending upon the state, they may be able to administer medication or monitor the client’s vital signs under the supervision of a nurse or other health care provider. Duties may include: assisting clients in bathing and dressing, housekeeping, meal planning, scheduling, arranging transportation, and providing companionship.
2. Personal Care Aide
Projected growth: 49%
Median annual salary: $20,100
Requirements: High school diploma, on-the-job training
Similar to a home health aide, personal care aides work in a person’s home or in a care facility to provide valuable assistance to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities. Personal care aides, however, do not perform any medical-related tasks. Duties may include: general housekeeping, preparing meals, and advising families on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities. Personal care aides must be extremely compassionate and may work anywhere from in a patient’s home to a residential care facility.
1. Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
Projected growth: 53%
Median annual salary: $80,330
Requirements: Master’s degree and professional license
Industrial-organizational psychologists analyze a particular workplace and then use psychological principles and research methods to solve problems, streamline processes, and improve the quality of life within that particular workplace. Collaborating with management, they get to know the company or organization intimately and then help to plan and implement policies, provide training, and develop strategic plans for the future. They work within human resources offices, helping them hire better, more qualified employees, and then making sure they are properly trained and motivated. Basically, they serve as consultants who work to improve the quality of life, morale, and productivity of a particular organization.
So there you have it—the top 5 fastest growing jobs over the next decade! Some offer great pay, others great personal fulfillment. All of them will be in high demand in the coming years. So if you’re still trying to determine what you want to do with your career, you may want to consider one of these fast-growing options. ~