For this year's list, US News examined job growth projections for 2008 to 2018 from the US Labour Department. Occupations were identified that promised new jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade or so, as well as those that provide an above-average median income. A list of 50 jobs across five categories were selected:
Science and Technology
In this field, jobs range from network architect to meteorologist. This category includes the fastest-growing occupation of biomedical engineer with a 72% growth rate that far outstrips the 10% average across careers. Many careers that focus on the environment—from water supply to waste management are also seeing strong growth. And as American consumers and companies make technology a more critical part of their daily routines, careers in IT are expanding
The healthcare industry continues to offer some of the best opportunities for employment. Aside from better known careers such as registered nurse or veterinarian, there are slightly more under-the-radar careers that require less schooling, such as X-ray technician, lab technician, or physical therapist assistant. There are also promising occupations at the intersection of healthcare and education: school psychologist and medical and public-health social worker.
Business and Finance
There are plenty of promising jobs in the business and finance fields, although the opportunities have shifted slightly due to the economic shake-up. Consumers continue to seek the advice and experience of personal financial advisers, while investment banks, insurance companies, and fund management firms increasingly rely on the work of financial analysts, who gauge the performance, health, and value of companies in which a firm may want to invest. There are less well-known careers here, too, including cost estimator, a job critical to companies that need to price out projects before they start, and logistician.
Education and Civic
The need for special-education teachers will be so profound that above-average growth is expected in the preschool to elementary school years, as well as for middle school, and also secondary school years. Fire fighting is also expected to grow through 2018 and is likely to be about 19% which is above the average for all occupations
Creative and Service
This category is a bit of a hotchpotch of careers as many of the jobs listed here were hard to categorize. US News have called them "service" jobs and this category includes everything from pilots to plumbers.
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