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Fastest Growing U.S. Jobs

Explore state and national labor market trends and forecasts to see geographic differences in job and career opportunities.

Knowing what occupational fields are going to be in high demand over the next decade may give you an idea of how to direct your career and educational goals to fields with a lot of potential. The CareerOneStop Fastest-Growing Careers tool compiles data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and state employment agencies, which allows you to search job trends based on education level and location. Learning about these high-demand occupations might be one contributing factor when choosing a career and education path. By choosing a career in a growing field, you may increase potential employment opportunities. Filtering by “associate degree,” the fastest growing occupations in the United States include the following:

TitleEmployment in 2014Employment in 2024 (projected)Percent changeMedian wage
Occupational Therapy Assistants33,00047,10043$59,010
Physical Therapist Assistants78,700110,70041$56,610
Web Developers148,500188,00027$66,130
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers60,70076,70026$69,650
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians52,00063,50022$55,570
Dental Hygienists200,500237,90019$72,910
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians95,600113,60019$32,490
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians163,400192,40018$38,950
Radiation Therapists16,60018,90014$80,160
Dietetic Technicians29,30033,20013$26,350

California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington have the largest total share of U.S. military personnel. Filtering by “associate degree,” the top five fastest growing occupations for these states include the following:

CaliforniaGeorgiaNorth CarolinaTexasVirginiaWashington
Web DevelopersPhysical Therapist AssistantsOccupational Therapy AssistantsOccupational Therapy AssistantsOccupational Therapy AssistantsWeb Developers
Occupational Therapy AssistantsOccupational Therapy AssistantsPhysical Therapist AssistantsDiagnostic Medical SonographersPhysical Therapist AssistantsEnvironmental Science and Protection Technicians, including Health
Physical Therapist AssistantsDiagnostic Medical SonographersDiagnostic Medical SonographersCardiovascular Technologists and TechniciansDiagnostic Medical SonographersVeterinary Technologists and Technicians
Veterinary Technologists and TechniciansCardiovascular Technologists and TechniciansVeterinary Technologists and TechniciansPhysical Therapy AssistantsVeterinary Technologists and TechniciansPhysical Therapist Assistants
Diagnostic Medical SonographersWeb DevelopersCardiovascular Technologists and TechniciansWeb DevelopersWeb DevelopersDiagnostic Medical Sonographers

You can use the CareerOneStop Fastest-Growing Careers tool to select an education level and your state name to view the fastest growing occupations of interest in your state.

To explore education or employment opportunities at your home installation, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, enter your home installation and select “Spouse Education, Training and Careers.” For additional information regarding benefits, you can visit the Career Exploration lifecycle stage on MySECO or speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647.

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