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:
|Title||Employment in 2014||Employment in 2024 (projected)||Percent change||Median wage|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||33,000||47,100||43||$59,010|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||78,700||110,700||41||$56,610|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||60,700||76,700||26||$69,650|
|Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||52,000||63,500||22||$55,570|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||95,600||113,600||19||$32,490|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians||163,400||192,400||18||$38,950|
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:
|Web Developers||Physical Therapist Assistants||Occupational Therapy Assistants||Occupational Therapy Assistants||Occupational Therapy Assistants||Web Developers|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||Occupational Therapy Assistants||Physical Therapist Assistants||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||Physical Therapist Assistants||Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, including Health|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||Veterinary Technologists and Technicians|
|Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||Physical Therapy Assistants||Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||Physical Therapist Assistants|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||Web Developers||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||Web Developers||Web Developers||Diagnostic 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.
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