7 Fast Growing Careers: 2014-17

Posted by | January 6, 2014 | Job Opportunities, News

The U.S. workforce is expected to grow 4.4% from 2013 to 2017. Occupations requiring college degrees are growing significantly faster than those that do not.

1. Personal Care Aides

Personal care aids. These employees might not visit patients’ homes daily like the home health aids do, but they still help meet patients’ personal care needs. Together, personal care aids and home health aides are projected to add nearly a half million jobs through 2017, and they are gaining significance as the population ages and more assistance is needed. The average personal care aid makes around $9.77 an hour, and about 1,334,313 workers currently hold the position. That number will increase to 1,608,211 by 2017, reflecting a 21% change.

2. Home Health Aides

Home health aide: someone who visits the home of a disabled, chronically ill, or elderly patient who requires extra assistance. The number of jobs in this low-paying field is increasing exponentially and is expected to grow 21 percent by 2017, but the average worker in such a profession still only makes $9.97 an hour. There are currently 950,273 home health aides in the U.S., but by 2017, they are expected to total over 1 million, standing around 1,150,340.

3. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Market research analysts and marketing specialists are next. Making around $29.10 an hour, these employees, often referred to as consultants, are expected to increase significantly in number by 2017 as more businesses and investors employ their expertise and market knowledge. There are currently around 438,851 positions in the U.S. for market research analysts and marketing specialists, but 60,889 jobs will be added within five years, eventually totaling 499,740.

4. Medical Secretaries

Staying in the medical field, we come to medical secretaries for the No. 4 spot. This increasingly important occupation is expected to experience a 14% growth by 2017, as 76,386 more jobs in the position are added. There are currently 537,064 medical secretaries in the U.S., but by 2017, there will be around 613,450. These workers generally make around $15.17 an hour, reflecting another healthcare occupation in the medium-wage category.

5. Emergency Medical Techs & Paramedics

In healthcare : emergency medical techs and paramedics. This healthcare occupation also falls within the medium-wage category, which is a segment that is expected to grow significantly over the upcoming years, and where workers generally make around $15.28 an hour. The number of positions available in the field is projected to increase 13% by 2017.

6. Software Developers, Systems Software

Also making The list is software developers for systems software, another division of the technology sphere. These developers make a slightly higher wage than their neighbors on the list, coming in at $47.64 an hour, but the number of jobs available for such a division is expected to grow 11% from 2013 to 2017, adding 48,291 positions.

7. Software Developers, Applications

The seventh-fastest growing occupation projected for the 5-year period comes from an increasingly popular and lucrative field: software development. The number of software developing jobs in the applications sphere is expected to grow 11% from 2013 to 2017 in the U.S., and increase by 61,758 positions.

It’s of little surprise that occupations in information and computer technology top the job growth list, as this kind of technology is one of the fastest growing and highly anticipated sectors in the United States. Still, careers in software development usually require a a significant amount of schooling and experience before one can secure such an opportunity, and the average hourly earning of a software developer is $43.34.

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