Ten hottest jobs for the next decade

The U.S. Labor Department just came out with its forecast for the hottest jobs of the next decade.

Here are the 10 fastest-growing jobs and the projected increase in employment from 2008-2018:

1. Biomedical engineers — 72 percent increase

2. Network systems and data communications analysts — 53.4 percent increase

3. Home health aides — 50 percent increase

4. Personal and home care aides — 46 percent increase

5. Financial examiners — 41.2 percent increase

6. Medical scientists — 40.4 percent increase

7. Physician assistants — 39 percent increase

8. Skin care specialists — 37.9 percent increase

9. Biochemists and biophysicists — 37.4 percent increase

10. Athletic trainers — 37 percent

Here’s the link to the top 30 fastest-growing jobs.

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.

15 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

December 11th, 2009
7:35 am

Interesting! Very little demand for engineers except biomed. I guess people still think that clean water, transportation, mass transit, mechanical, solar etc. just happen!


December 11th, 2009
11:10 am

I’m majoring in Rehab Counseling. If the war in Iraq continues, we’re going to need more qualified Social Workers and Physical/Occupational Therapist. I hate to sound crude, but our military people are coming back cripple and crazy.


December 11th, 2009
12:12 pm

That’s the final straw! I am leaving architecture to become a skin care specialist! And my children shall all become athletic trainers!

Thank you for the shared wisdom AJC!


December 11th, 2009
12:23 pm

Just get a Business Degree / Tech Training (plumber)…find a job ….who cares.
Most careers are economy based…prepare to reinvent your career a few times.

Fix my email account, ya $40k/year geek!

December 11th, 2009
7:08 pm

UGA 30
GT 24

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Medical costs soaring to US bankruptcy

December 12th, 2009
10:20 am

Not surprising with the baby boom generation moving onto greener pastures and a continued double digit growth in health care costs. Medicaid and Medicare will bankrupt us even without the current effort in congress.

We are indeed a nation looking inward

Mike In Woodstock

December 12th, 2009
2:55 pm

Nativeson71 has the best post so far……prepare to reinvent your career a few times.


December 13th, 2009
10:28 am

Mortuary Science, death is guranteed.


December 13th, 2009
12:17 pm

Learn to deal with change! Be prepared to cut employers loose without hesitation as the employer NEVER has the employees best interest in mind.

Ole Guy

December 13th, 2009
12:20 pm

229, you are not sounding crude, but rather, you are acknowledging a sad but realistic fact. In this pc-charged world, there are topics which either go unsaid and ignored, or spoken in hushed tones at arms-length levels of commitment. Thank you for pointing out one of the unfortunate realities when a Nation sends kids to war.


December 13th, 2009
1:46 pm

No Nurses or Teachers either? I suppose these are the jobs that you’d least expect to be the fastest growing. I work in the Skin Care industry, it is fast growing, but economy dependent. I don’t see a need for Skin Therapists/Aestheticians as “fast growing”…


December 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

Healthcare is booming,no shock there, 6/10. As the only civilized country without universal healthcare, people are finally getting concerned about that as their children die off due to poor health. I can kill near any computer virus, save your data, restore your machine: But, I cannot save your child from that strange bump on their shoulder. The one you’re too scared to have looked at or can’t afford to have looked at.

I don’t even blink at backing up porn data right next to the family photos… One’s a hobby, the other is family. I got that, and I’m not telling on anyone. Try that with your personal physician, which statistically speaking the majority of people reading this do not have. You see, that’s a PROBLEM. Life evolves to fix gaps which cover said problems. Do YOU have an angel on your shoulder this Christmas?


December 13th, 2009
3:07 pm

Fix my email account,
You must be confused…the only people making 40k or more are UGA grads. The other half make less. GT grads start out 35% higher and are still making 28% more mid-career. Sure you’ve got a great law school but they’re 2% of the total student body and there are likely far more $20k earning leisure studies grads living in their parents’ basement trying to find themselves well into their 30’s. I’ve met a few who still and their favorite stories still involve crashing MTV spring break even though it was 1994.

Go take a look at the stats out of Terry MBA and you’ll see 58% getting jobs and an avg salary of 74k. GT averaged 99% and 95k average. I was making more than Terry MBA grads after my 1st year out of undergrad and I make a good bit more now. Those 50 guys on your team may play better football but I doubt you or the thousands who root for UGA w/o having graduated HS contributed much to it. Another example…a GT grad runs WalMart…UGA fans work there. Keep talking trash about football…we’re still laughing all the way to the bank and the Orange Bowl.


December 13th, 2009
3:21 pm

All the great ballplayers: Tiger, Vick, Kobe, Aaron, Babe…. Seems like anyone who makes alot of money gets corrupted out… But, career-wise? I suppose football counts, even if it isn’t on the list ANYWHERE for discussion. Maybe it should be added in right next to politician. Political Science anyone? All the way to the bank, as you mentioned about careers, you know, the discussion at hand.

Go GATORS!! Ra, RA. :/

Travis Almy

December 13th, 2009
4:08 pm

Keep in mind these are percentage increases. Probably more teaching jobs, nursing jobs, and engineers will be created than any of the jobs mentioned on this list. However, they are starting with a much larger base.