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Top Jobs and Fastest-Growing Careers from 2006 to 2016

Over next 10 years total employment is expected to increase by nearly 16 million jobs, according to the most recent projections provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Almost all employment growth between 2006 and 2016 will occur in the service-providing sector, which will account for 75 percent of all jobs by the year 2016.

Professional and related professions and service occupations are projected to grow most quickly, accounting for more than 6 of every 10 new jobs created between 2006-2016. Twenty-eight of the 30 fastest-growing jobs are in professional and related occupations and service positions.

30 fastest-growing growing occupations for 2006-2016


1. Network systems and data communications analysts
2006 employment: 262,000
2016 employment projection: 402,000
Growth rate: 53%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

2. Personal and home care aides
2006 employment: 767,000
2016 employment projection: 1,156,000
Growth rate: 51%
Salary range: Less than $21,500
Education/training: On-the-job training

3. Home health aides
2006 employment: 787,000
2016 employment projection: 1,171,000
Growth rate: 50%
Salary range: Less than $21,500
Education/training: On-the-job training

4. Computer software engineers, applications
2006 employment: 507,000
2016 employment projection: 733,000
Growth rate: 42%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

5. Veterinary technologists and technicians
2006 employment: 71,000
2016 employment projection: 100,000
Growth rate: 40%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Associate degree

6. Personal financial advisors
2006 employment: 176,000
2016 employment projection: 248,000
Growth rate: 43%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

7. Makeup artists, theatrical and performance
2006 employment: 2,000
2016 employment projection: 3,000
Growth rate: 40%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Postsecondary vocational award

8. Medical assistants
2006 employment: 417,000
2016 employment projection: 565,000
Growth rate: 35%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Moderate on-the-job training

9. Veterinarians
2006 employment: 62,000
2016 employment projection: 84,000
Growth rate: 35%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: First professional degree

10. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
2006 employment: 83,000
2016 employment projection: 112,000
Growth rate: 34%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

11. Skin care specialists
2006 employment: 38,000
2016 employment projection: 51,000
Growth rate: 34.3
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Postsecondary vocational award

12. Financial analysts
2006 employment: 221,000
2016 employment projection: 295,000
Growth rate: 32%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

13. Social and human service assistants
2006 employment: 339,000
2016 employment projection: 453,000
Growth rate: 35%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Moderate on-the-job training

14. Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators
2006 employment: 9,000
2016 employment projection: 12,000
Growth rate: 33%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Moderate on-the-job training

15. Physical therapist assistants
2006 employment: 60,000
2016 employment projection: 80,000
Growth rate: 32%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Associate degree

16. Pharmacy technicians
2006 employment: 285,000
2016 employment projection: 376,000
Growth rate: 32%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Moderate on-the-job training

17. Forensic science technicians
2006 employment: 13,000
2016 employment projection: 17,000
Growth rate: 29%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

18. Dental hygienists
2006 employment: 167,000
2016 employment projection: 217,000
Growth rate: 30%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Associate degree

19. Mental health counselors
2006 employment: 100,000
2016 employment projection: 130,000
Growth rate: 30%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Master’s degree

20. Mental health and substance abuse social workers
2006 employment: 122,000
2016 employment projection: 159,000
Growth rate: 31%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Master’s degree

21. Marriage and family therapists
2006 employment: 25,000
2016 employment projection: 32,000
Growth rate: 30%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Master’s degree

22. Dental assistants
2006 employment: 280,000
2016 employment projection: 362,000
Growth rate: 30%
Salary range: $21,260 – $30,560
Education/training: Moderate on-the-job training

23. Computer systems analysts
2006 employment: 504,000
2016 employment projection: 650,000
Growth rate: 28%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

24. Database administrators
2006 employment: 119,000
2016 employment projection: 154,000
Growth rate: 26%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

25. Computer software engineers, systems software
2006 employment: 350,000
2016 employment projection: 449,000
Growth rate: 25%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Bachelor’s degree

26. Gaming and sports book writers and runners
2006 employment: 18,000
2016 employment projection: 24,000
Growth rate: 26%
Salary range: Less than $21,500
Education/training: On-the-job training

27. Environmental science and protection technicians
2006 employment: 36,000
2016 employment projection: 47,000
Growth rate: 28%
Salary range: $30,630 – $46,300
Education/training: Associate degree

28. Manicurists and pedicurists
2006 employment: 78,000
2016 employment projection: 100,000
Growth rate: 28%
Salary range: Less than $21,500
Education/training: Postsecondary vocational award

29. Physical therapists
2006 employment: 173,000
2016 employment projection: 200,000
Growth rate: 28%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Master’s degree

30. Physician assistants
2006 employment: 66,000
2016 employment projection: 83,000
Growth rate: 27%
Salary range: $46,500+
Education/training: Master’s degree