Don't Want to Be Out of Work in 10 Years? 15 Hot Jobs of the Future

Don't Want to Be Out of Work in 10 Years? 15 Hot Jobs of the Future

Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a job-market crystal ball.

But the good news is we do have something that comes pretty close: the Bureau of Labor Statistics's employment figures projections. Based on that data, it's clear that while certain fields are on the outs, others are expected to do gangbusters in job growth in the next decade.

Recently, 24/7 Wall St. took the opportunity to consult the Bureau's analysis of more than 1,000 occupations to pinpoint the fastest-growing careers in the U.S.


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As it turns out, health care, in particular, is showing favorable odds for the future. Six out of the top 10 careers are in this sector, including positions like medical sonographers (projected to grow 46% between 2012 and 2022, with a median annual income of $65,860) and physical therapy assistants (projected to grow 41%, with an income of $52,160).

But while medical gigs may be growing rapidly, an outlier occupation actually holds the top spot on 24/7 Wall St.'s list: industrial-organizational psychologists. This career stands to experience a 53.4% boost in employment by 2022—with a median annual income of $83,580. Not familiar with the title? That's likely because industrial-organizational psychologists, who apply psychology principles to human resources and business management issues, are currently just 1,600 strong.

That's not uncommon: High-paying fields, like the aforementioned, often tend to employ small numbers of people. In fact, less than half of the careers that pay a median of over $100,000 annually employ more than 50,000 workers.

That's why 24/7 Wall St. also decided to break down the most popular six-figure gigs—or high-earning positions that employ at least 100,000 workers. Lawyers claimed the top spot—earning a median of $114,300 annually and employing close to 600,000—although many of the ranked occupations are actually managerial positions. For example, financial managers, sales managers and computer and information systems mangers hold the second, fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Interested in learning more about your career trajectory? Check out our Guide to Your Pay in Your 20s, 30s and 40s.


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