The 30 Fastest Growing Jobs In America

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It’s jobs week in America.We just learned from the Bureau of labour Statistics that nonfarm payrolls surged and the unemployment rate fell in January 2012.

But all of this data is relatively short-term in scope.

The Bureau of labour Statistics just published its employment projections for 2010 to 2020, which includes a list of the 30 jobs that will grow fastest through 2020.

Eleven of the 30 jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Also, four of the top five fastest growing jobs require less than a high school degree.

We ranked the jobs based on percentage growth from 2010 to 2020.  We also include the number of jobs to be added during that period as well as the typical education needed to get the job.

Veterinarians

per cent Growth: 35.9%

No. Jobs Added: 22.0k

Typical Education Needed: Doctoral or professional degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Pile-driver operators

per cent Growth: 36.0%

No. Jobs Added:1.5k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Mental health counselors

per cent Growth: 36.3%

No. Jobs Added: 43.6k

Typical Education Needed: Master's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

per cent Growth: 36.4%

No. Jobs Added: 36.4k

Typical Education Needed: Doctoral or professional degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Cost estimators

per cent Growth: 36.4%

No. Jobs Added: 67.5k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Stonemasons

per cent Growth: 36.5%

No. Jobs Added: 5.7k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Health educators

per cent Growth: 36.5%

No. Jobs Added: 23.2k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Audiologists

per cent Growth: 36.8%

No. Jobs Added: 4.8k

Typical Education Needed: Doctoral or professional degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Bicycle repairers

per cent Growth: 37.6%

No. Jobs Added: 3.7k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Dental hygienists

per cent Growth: 37.7%

No. Jobs Added: 68.5k

Typical Education Needed: Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Physical therapists

per cent Growth: 39.0%

No. Jobs Added: 77.4%

Typical Education Needed: Doctoral or professional degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Brickmasons and blockmasons

per cent Growth: 40.5%

No. Jobs Added: 36.1k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Marriage and family therapists

per cent Growth: 41.2%

No. Jobs Added: 14.8k

Typical Education Needed: Master's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

per cent Growth:41.2%

No. Jobs Added: 116.6k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Medical secretaries

per cent Growth: 41.3%

No. Jobs Added: 210.2k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Interpreters and translators

per cent Growth: 42.2%

No. Jobs Added: 24.6k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Glaziers

per cent Growth: 42.4%

No. Jobs Added: 17.7k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Physical therapist aides

per cent Growth: 43.1%

No. Jobs Added: 20.3k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Occupational therapy assistants

per cent Growth: 43.3%

No. Jobs Added: 12.3k

Typical Education Needed: Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Diagnostic medical sonographers

per cent Growth:43.5%

No. Jobs Added: 23.4k

Typical Education Needed: Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Meeting, convention, and event planners

per cent Growth: 43.7%

No. Jobs Added: 31.3k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

per cent Growth: 45.4%

No. Jobs Added: 26.3k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Physical therapist assistants

per cent Growth: 45.7%

No. Jobs Added: 30.8k

Typical Education Needed: Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

per cent Growth: 48.6%

No. Jobs Added: 9.3k

Typical Education Needed: High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Veterinary technologists and technicians

per cent Growth: 52.0%

No. Jobs Added: 41.7k

Typical Education Needed: Associate's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Helpers--carpenters

per cent Growth: 55.7%

No. Jobs Added: 25.9k

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

per cent Growth: 60.1%

No. Jobs Added: 17.6k

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Biomedical engineers

per cent Growth: 61.7%

No. Jobs Added: 9.7k

Typical Education Needed: Bachelor's degree

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Home health aides

per cent Growth: 69.4%

No. Jobs Added: 706.3k

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

Personal care aides

per cent Growth: 70.5%

No. Jobs Added: 607.0k

Typical Education Needed: Less than high school

Source: Bureau of labour Statistics

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