Extra Education: What Career Fields are continuing to Grow?

Extra Education: What Career Fields are continuing to Grow?
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    If you're planning to earn an education and enter a new career, it makes sense to see that job growth is projected for your field of choice.

    Read on to learn more about some of the occupations that are expected to experience the greatest growth over the next 10 years.


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, these are the roles that are projected to have the highest numbers of new jobs by 2022.

Personal Care Aide/Home Health Aide

These similar career paths are expected to see a combined over 1 million new jobs over the next ten years. These health care workers visit those who need assistance at home and/or in a nursing facility to help them with household work, bathing, dressing, and caring for themselves. To enter this field, you typically need a high school diploma, although an associate’s degree is desirable, and you can expect to make around $20,000 per year.

Registered Nurse

Another fast growing health care career, there are expected to be 526,800 new jobs for registered nurses over the next decade. To become a registered nurse, you’ll need at least an associate’s degree, although a bachelor’s degree in nursing is more desirable to potential employers. In addition, nurses who go on to obtain additional education will have more lucrative opportunities. On average, registered nurses earn about $65,470 per year. In addition to these new jobs for registered nurses, there are also expected to be more than 180,000 new jobs for licensed practical nurses. These nurses also have an associate’s degree, but typically have a less extensive education than registered nurses.

Carpenters/Construction Laborers

Combined, these similar occupations are expected to garner 478,000 new jobs. These roles typically require a high school diploma followed by an apprenticeship with an established carpenter, an education that can last several years. While the job is physically demanding, carpenters can expect to make an average of $39,000 per year.

General and Operations Managers

These leadership roles direct the operations of private-sector organizations, and typically earn an average of $$116,090 per year. Despite the high salary, these professionals often have just require a bachelor’s degree, though several years of experience in the industry is usually a plus for employers. There are expected to be 244,100 new jobs created for operations managers over the next ten years. 

Medical Secretary

If you have an aptitude for administration, there are projected to be 479,500 jobs for medical secretaries over the next 10 years. These professionals usually have an associate’s degree, as the job requires specialized knowledge of medical terminology, billing and coding, and other realms of medicine. Medical secretaries make an average of $39,000 per year.

Engineers and STEM Fields

Entering STEM fields in school will nearly guarantee a job. Engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technology experts are all part of an ever growing sector. If these types of things interest you, see what schooling might be needed for any type of career. An electrician might need a bachelors or even a masters in electrical engineering to even be considered for a job, while less competitive markets for technology require less.

Before considering embarking on your college education, you may want to consider these fast-growing fields. Because college is such an expensive investment, it makes sense to ensure that you’ll be able to secure a career in your field, particularly if you are taking out student loans in order to finance your education.


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