With the unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, you want to make sure you’re headed into a field where your skills are in high demand. While you can expect to see a 10 percent increase in job creation through 2022 in all fields, some careers are more fast-growing than others. Check out these five careers that are expected to grow within the next decade.
With advancing technologies, software companies need more people in their IT department to help manage their technology. While you may help repair computers, ensure a secure network, and improve business efficiency, you can also work building software programs, and the pay is usually really good. A computer software engineer, for instance, makes an average of $87,900 per year. From 2012-2022, jobs are expected to grow by 22 percent, which is much faster than the average field. Given that you need strong computer programming skills, most people enter the field with a bachelor’s degree.
Now that more companies are turning toward green initiatives, they need people to help them reach their goals. A job in environmental sustainability could involve anything from conducting tests to monitor the environment to developing the technology needed to clean up the environment. You could, for instance, start out as an environmental science and protection technician, where you only need an associate degree and can make over $40,000 per year. Plus, the job outlook for an environmental technician is expected to grow by 19 percent, which is faster than average.
If you want to take your career farther, you can continue your education. Consider going to school online to get your degree and start paving your way toward career success. A master’s could get you a career in environmental engineering, where you could make an average of $81,200 per year with a 10-year job growth of 31 percent, says Money.CNN.com.
As the baby boom generation ages, the nation needs more nurses than ever before, making it an excellent time to get into the field. For one, you’ll make great money, with the average registered nurse (a position that requires a two-year associate’s degree) making more than $65,000 per year, says BLS.gov. The nursing field is expected to grow by 19 percent through 2022, but since there’s already a shortage in nurses, your chances of getting a job are high, with just a 2.6 percent unemployment rate. Other options in the nursing field, such as nurse aides and nurse practitioners, are also in high demand.
There are numerous careers available in financing as people turn towards financial consultants to help them with their business or personal finances. A financial adviser, for instance, makes an average of almost $94,000 per year, and the 10-year job growth expectancy is at 30 percent, says Money.CNN.com. A certified public accountant (CPA) is a fast-growing career, too, with a 22 percent 10-year growth expectancy and an average annual income of $73,800.
Don’t settle on a career that will leave you hanging. Consider entering one of these fast-growing career fields where you can expect growth.