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Is There a Good Future for this Career?

Nobody knows what the future will bring, but we can make an educated guess based on current trends and statistics.  This is vital information when planning your career.


Fastest Growing Careers

The following chart reflects information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections showing the fastest growing jobs in America for the next decade (2000-2010).  Also view the Occupational Handbook for more U.S. Government job forecasts.

Click on the occupation in the chart below to see more detailed information on that career.

# Occupation Employment Percent change * Earnings Quartile Most significant source of education or training
2000 2010
1 Computer software engineers, applications 380,000  760,100  100%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
2 Computer support specialists 505,600  995,900  97%  $$$  Associate degree 
3 Computer software engineers, systems software 316,900  601,200  90%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
4 Network and computer systems administrators 228,500  415,700  82%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
5 Network systems and data communications analysts 118,700  210,600  77%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
6 Desktop publishers 38,000  63,300  67%  $$$  Postsecondary vocational award 
7 Database administrators 106,000  175,900  66%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
8 Personal and home care aides 413,600  672,100  62%  Short-term on-the-job training 
9 Computer systems analysts 431,400  689,200  60%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
10 Medical assistants 328,600  515,800  57%  $$  Moderate-term on-the-job training 
11 Social and human service assistants 270,800  417,700  54%  $$  Moderate-term on-the-job training 
12 Physician assistants 57,800  88,700  53%  $$$$  Bachelor's degree 
13 Medical records and health information technicians 135,700  202,200  49%  $$  Associate degree 
14 Computer and information systems managers 313,000  462,900  48%  $$$$  Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
15 Home health aides 615,400  906,600  47%  Short-term on-the-job training 
16 Physical therapist aides 35,900  52,500  46%  $$  Short-term on-the-job training 
17 Occupational therapist aides 8,500  12,400  45%  $$  Short-term on-the-job training 
18 Physical therapist assistants 43,900  63,600  45%  $$$  Associate degree 
19 Audiologists 12,800  18,500  45%  $$$$  Master's degree 
20 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 158,300  222,200  40%  $$  Postsecondary vocational award 
21 Computer and information scientists, research 28,000  39,400  40%  $$$$  Doctoral degree 
22 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 55,200  77,200  40%  Short-term on-the-job training 
23 Occupational therapist assistants 16,500  23,100  40%  $$$  Associate degree 
24 Veterinary technologists and technicians 49,400  68,800  39%  $$  Associate degree 
25 Speech-language pathologists 87,900  122,400  39%  $$$$  Master's degree 
Hot Links

MyFuture.com
Great charts showing career growth percentages.

CareerPlanner.com
An interesting look at some careers that died out in the last 20 years and the jobs that will be hot in the next decade.

CareerCentre
Good advice on how to research future job trends.

CareerTrends
The info on future trends is limited, but the magazine links are useful.

WPACareerMedia
Good overview of IT industry future trends.

CNN.com
Interesting article on IT worker trends.

WetFeet.com
Excellent source of info on new and interesting career trends.

FutureTrendArticles
Very nice collection of articles about future career trends.

 

 

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