On the day after U.S. Labor Day, 2017, here’s a look at future occupational growth areas between now and 2024 forecasted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Table #1 is ranked by the percentage rate of growth in the occupation. Table #2 is ranked by the total number of jobs created in the occupation.


Fastest Growing Occupations (Now-2024, Ranked by Percentage of Job Growth)

 Employment (2015) (000s)Employment (2024) (000s)Change (Number) (000s)Change (Percent)Median annual wage, 2016(1)
Wind turbine service technicians4.49.24.8108.0$52,260
Occupational therapy assistants33.047.114.142.7$59,010
Physical therapist assistants78.7110.731.940.6$56,610
Physical therapist aides50.069.519.539.0$25,680
Home health aides913.51,261.9348.438.1$22,600
Commercial divers4.46.01.636.9$49,090
Nurse practitioners126.9171.744.735.2$100,910
Physical therapists210.9282.771.834.0$85,400
Statisticians30.040.110.133.8$80,500
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians19.626.16.533.0$23,850
Occupational therapy aides8.811.62.730.6$28,330
Physician assistants94.4123.228.730.4$101,480
Operations research analysts91.3118.927.630.2$79,200
Personal financial advisors249.4323.273.929.6$90,530
Cartographers and photogrammetrists12.315.93.629.3$62,750
Genetic counselors2.43.10.728.8$74,120
Interpreters and translators61.078.517.528.7$46,120
Audiologists13.216.93.828.6$75,980
Hearing aid specialists5.97.51.627.2$50,250
Optometrists40.651.611.027.0$106,140
Web developers148.5188.039.526.6$66,130
Forensic science technicians14.418.23.826.6$56,750
Occupational therapists114.6145.130.426.5$81,910
Diagnostic medical sonographers60.776.716.026.4$69,650
Personal care aides1,768.42,226.5458.125.9$21,920
Phlebotomists112.7140.828.124.9$32,710
Ophthalmic medical technicians37.046.19.124.7$35,530
Nurse midwives5.36.61.324.6$99,770
Solar photovoltaic installers5.97.41.424.3$39,240
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics241.2299.658.524.2$32,670
Total (All occupations)150,539.9160,328.89,788.96.5$37,040
Footnotes:
(1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fastest Growing Occupations (Now-2024, Ranked by Number of Jobs)

 Employment (2015) (000s)Employment (2024) (000s)Change (Number) (000s)Change (Percent)Median annual wage, 2016(1)
Personal care aides1,768.42,226.5458.125.9$21,920
Home health aides913.51,261.9348.438.1$22,600
Personal financial advisors249.4323.273.929.6$90,530
Physical therapists210.9282.771.834.0$85,400
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics241.2299.658.524.2$32,670
Nurse practitioners126.9171.744.735.2$100,910
Web developers148.5188.039.526.6$66,130
Physical therapist assistants78.7110.731.940.6$56,610
Occupational therapists114.6145.130.426.5$81,910
Physician assistants94.4123.228.730.4$101,480
Phlebotomists112.7140.828.124.9$32,710
Operations research analysts91.3118.927.630.2$79,200
Physical therapist aides50.069.519.539.0$25,680
Interpreters and translators61.078.517.528.7$46,120
Diagnostic medical sonographers60.776.716.026.4$69,650
Occupational therapy assistants33.047.114.142.7$59,010
Optometrists40.651.611.027.0$106,140
Statisticians30.040.110.133.8$80,500
Ophthalmic medical technicians37.046.19.124.7$35,530
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians19.626.16.533.0$23,850
Wind turbine service technicians4.49.24.8108.0$52,260
Audiologists13.216.93.828.6$75,980
Forensic science technicians14.418.23.826.6$56,750
Cartographers and photogrammetrists12.315.93.629.3$62,750
Occupational therapy aides8.811.62.730.6$28,330
Hearing aid specialists5.97.51.627.2$50,250
Commercial divers4.46.01.636.9$49,090
Solar photovoltaic installers5.97.41.424.3$39,240
Nurse midwives5.36.61.324.6$99,770
Genetic counselors2.43.10.728.8$74,120
Total (All occupations)150,539.9160,328.89,788.96.5$37,040
Footnotes:
(1) Data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Source | BLS