The Fastest-Growing Jobs of the Next Decade
Are you a student on your way to campus, unsure of what to choose as a major? Are you looking for a better job? Well, you're hardly alone. With over 7% of the American workforce unemployed, you're bound to have competition wherever you look -- but with the right planning, you might be able to hitch your wagon to one of America's hottest jobs. Let's take a look at where the jobs will be by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections:
It's a rather uneven batch of opportunities -- several of these fields are rather low-paying, but then you've got health care and education, which can offer excellent job security if you find the right opportunity. Let's drill down a little bit to see what the salary ranges look like for these fields:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For comparison purposes, the poverty level for a family of four in the United States is $23,550 -- $11,490 if you're working for yourself. If you want to get ahead in life, the fastest-growing foodservice jobs are probably not good ideas, and neither are many of the lowest-paying jobs on the list. Let's run through all the higher-paying jobs, from $30,000 per year on up, and break down just how many new jobs each particular profession is expected to gain in the next seven years or so:
Projected New Jobs (2020)
Median Salary (2010)
Physicians / Surgeons
Accountants / Auditors
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
Elementary School Teachers (not Special Education)
Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses
Heavy Truck Drivers
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Customer Service Representatives
Interested in keeping others healthy? You've got nearly 1.3 million potential high-paying jobs to compete for by 2020, most of which are in the nursing field. If you like crunching numbers, you'll have over 400,000 new opportunities to earn a living doing that by 2020. There'll be over half a million new teaching jobs, too, if these projections are accurate.
If you're looking to invest in the growth of health care employment, here are several of the largest publicly traded hospital companies, including revenues, profit margins, and P/E ratios. All are sure to hire briskly to keep up with the aging population of America, and that means more income -- at least in theory, anyway.
Community Health Systems
However, before you jump right into these hot career paths (or investments), consider this for a moment:
Even the best-laid plans and projections can go astray. In the case of these projections from roughly a decade ago, such plans can go astray in the direction of several million fewer employees. Will health care and education be the next big mistakes on the BLS' ledger? We'll have to find out in a few years.
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