The 20 Fastest-Growing Occupations in America

If you’re trying to choose a career path, it’s a good idea to know whether the opportunities in your industry will still be there several years down the road.

One U.S. government resource that can help make your choice easier is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. It lists 20 occupations with the highest projected growth between 2020 and 2030.

Let’s take a look at the job titles with the most projected growth over the next several years.

The Fastest-Growing Occupations Now Until 2030

Occupation10-Year
Growth Rate
2020 Median Pay
Motion picture projectionists70%$27,490 per year
Wind turbine service technicians68%$56,230 per year
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers62%$25,110 per year
Nurse practitioners52%$111,680 per year
Solar photovoltaic installers52%$46,470 per year
Cooks, restaurant49%$28,800 per year
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes46%$75,420 per year
Costume attendants44%$42,910 per year
Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors39%$40,510 per year
Model makers, wood39%$64,050 per year
Athletes and sports competitors38%$50,850 per year
Makeup artists, theatrical and performance37%$106,920 per year
Occupational therapy assistants36%$62,940 per year
Statisticians35%$92,270 per year
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other35%$27,230 per year
Physical therapist assistants35%$59,770 per year
Animal caretakers34%$26,080 per year
Miscellaneous entertainers and performers, sports and related workers34%$15.70 per hour
Information security analysts33%$103,590 per year
Film and video editors33%$67,250 per year

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