Fast Growth Careers



By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified job areas that it predicts will see a high number of opportunities and strong wages during the next decade.   

The chart below highlights occupations the Bureau predicts will have thousands of openings each year from 2019 to 2029.  Occupations in the chart are forecast to have growth that will be greater than a 4% average for all occupations nationally over the next decade.  These positions also had wages that were more than double the median annual wage of $39,810 in 2019.



The greatest growth is projected for software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers with an average of about 131,000 opening per year.  Nurse practitioners is projected to add jobs at the fastest rate (52%) over the decade. Of the positions listed in the chart, computer and information systems managers had the highest median wage ($146,360) in 2019.

Learn about entry requirements, job outlook, and more for these and hundreds of other occupations in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.