Top 20 Fastest Growing Careers

There are so many different factors to consider when choosing a career. Most Millennials and Gen Z want to do something that is meaningful and helps others, provides flexibility, and allows them to pursue personal interests outside of work. A key consideration should be picking a field that has many available jobs. Compensation potential also should not be ruled out when initially selecting a career field, but should be considered as one of many factors – read Top 20 Highest Paying Careers here.

The following 20 occupations are all estimated to grow by at least 25% between now and 2024. Choosing one of these careers increases the chance of finding an available job in the future. Not surprisingly, many of the fastest growing careers are in the medical and home care fields, accounting for the large number of aging baby boomers who will likely have an increased need for these services in the future.


Occupation (Starting with Highest Growth)2015 Median Pay
Wind Turbine Service Technicians>$51k
Occupational Therapy Assistants>$57k
Physical Therapist Assistants>$55k
Physical Therapist Aides>$25k
Home Health Aides>$21k
Commercial Divers>$50k
Nurse Practitioners>$98k
Physical Therapists>$84k
Ambulance Drivers & Attendants>$23k
Occupational Therapy Aides>$27k
Physician Assistants>$98k
Operations Research Analysts>$78k
Personal Financial Advisors>$89k
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists>$61k
Genetic Counselors>$72k
Interpreters and Translators>$44k
Hearing Aid Specialists>$49k

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