Last Updated on August 22, 2019 by Mark P.
Students just getting into college have already declared their majors, but it’s not uncommon for them to change their minds more than once during their course of study.
Some change due to the outlook of their chosen profession, whether they can make money or if they place they want to live even offers a career path for them. “The Occupational Outlook Handbook” puts out the top 100 jobs each year that are not only growing in their hiring capacity but the expected salary and wages someone can expect to earn. Here’s the top 5 fastest growing occupations as listed by “The Occupational Outlook Handbook.”
Here are the top 5 fastest growing jobs:
According to “The Occupational Outlook Handbook,” the job market for Solar Photovoltaic Installers is projected to grow by 105 percent from 2016 to 2026, and requires at least a high school education and on the job training. As more companies and states look toward renewable resources, this job could provide an opportunity for individuals who don’t want to take the traditional four-year college route and get right into the workforce. PVI’s median annual salary is $42,000 a year as of 2018.
Solar energy and alternative energy sources are becoming more in demand across the nation. Having technicians to take care of these energy creators will be important for the future of sustainable resources. The job outlook for this profession is high with an expected increase of 96 percent growth from 2016 to 2026, according to the OOH. Wind Turbine Technicians earned a median annual salary of nearly $53,000 in 2018 and often require training at a trade school plus on-the-job training. Those who enjoy working outdoors and problem solving will want to look into this career.
3 & 4. Home health aides and Personal care aides (similar)
As more and more baby boomers begin to age and retire, more care positions will be needed to help this aging generation. This job requires a high school diploma and on-the-job training in most cases and the outlook is expected to grow by 24 percent over the next decade. Home health aides and personal care aides help those with disabilities, older adults and persons with chronic illnesses. The average annual salary is $24,000 per year as of 2018 for home health aids and personal care aides.
Although it requires a master’s degree, becoming a physcian’s assistant can be a lucrative and rewarding career. The job outlook for this position will grow at a rate of 37 percent over the next decade and provide a median annual salary of close to $108,000 per year. Physician assistants help physicians, surgeons and other healthcare workers to examine, diagnose and treat patients. Although the work is demanding, the rewards of this career can be extremely satisfying.