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What Are the Fastest Growing Occupations in the U.S.?

January 19, 2015
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Knowing what the fastest growing occupations are for 2015 and beyond is a perfect way to know the direction of your small business’s industry. Having said that, here are the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - and who knows, your small business's industry may be part of the growing trends.

What is the BLS Survey?Healthcare Assistant with Child

The BLS of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. They collect and analyze information pertaining to specific occupations and industries.

For this latest round of projections, the Census Bureau’s 2012 population projections based on Census 2010 population weights were used as the base for the labor force projections. The size and composition of the population affect not only the labor force projections, but the projected composition of GDP and the demand for workers in various industries and occupations.

The following top occupations chosen were based on the top 30 fastest growing occupations projected from 2012 to 2022. We’ve chosen some of the top occupations from BLS’s list to report on.

Fastest Growing Occupation - Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Though healthcare occupations overall are growing or expected to grow greatly from 2012 to 2022, the fastest growing occupation is an Industrial-Organized Psychologist. The occupation is expected to grow from 1,600 positions in 2012 to 2,500 by 2022, or an increase of 53.4 percent.

Healthcare Industry Occupations Top the List

The healthcare industry has the fastest growing occupations from 2012 to 2022 in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the the occupation to grow the fastest in the healthcare industry is a Personal Care Aide and will experience an increase of roughly 580,000 new positions (48.8 percent) from 2012 to 2022.

Other top occupations in the healthcare industry that are expected to grow from 2012 to 2022 are:

  • Home Health Aides - 424,000 position increase (48.5 percent)

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - 27,000 position increase (46 percent)

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - 12,900 position increase (42.6 percent)

  • Physical Therapist Assistant - 29,300 position increase (41 percent)

  • Skincare Specialist - 17,700 position increase (39.8 percent)

  • Dental Hygienist - 64,200 position increase (33.3 percent)

Manual Labor Occupations are Growing

As the healthcare industry occupations are expected to grow from 2012 to 2022, so are certain manual labor occupations as well. For instance, Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters are expected to increase by 10,500 positions or 43 percent.

Other top occupations in the manual labor industry that are expected to grow from 2012 to 2022 are:

  • Segmental Pavers - 700 position increase (38.1 percent)

  • Electricians - 22,400 position increase (36.9 percent)

  • Brickmasons - 25,200 position increase (35.5 percent)

Other Fast-Growing Occupations

Interpreters and Translators are also high on the list of growing occupations. They are expected to grow by 29,300 positions, or 46.1 percent, from 2012 to 2022. Here are other notable occupations that are expected to grow:

  • Genetic Counselor - 900 position increase (41.2 percent)

  • Information Security Analyst - 27,400 position increase (36.5 percent)

  • Event Planner - 31,300 position increase (33.2 percent)

Conclusion

It’s no secret healthcare industry occupations are growing quickly and many manual labor occupations are growing quickly as well. Furthermore, occupations such as Event Planners, Interpreters, and Information Analysts are working their way up to some of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S.

Other resources:

Job Growth Outlook for Small Businesses in 2015

Healthcare Trends for 2015

5 Key Small Business Health Benefit Trends

What do you think about the fastest growing ocupations in the U.S.? Do you have any predictions as well? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!


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