Considering a return to school for a career change in 2013? Be prepared to get hands on in the New Year, since the five jobs with highest projected rate of growth in the next decade are in healthcare, engineering, and construction. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, these 5 jobs top the list of ‘Fastest Growing Occupations’ as predicted for 2010-2020:
1. Personal Care Aides/Home health Aids
Personal Care Aides and Home Health Care Aides can start working straight out of High School, but this entry level position is usually just the first stop in a progression to a higher earning healthcare position. These aides work in care settings both in homes and facilities, assisting the elderly and disabled or chronically ill. While there is no college degree required, each state usually has a certification requirement and a healthcare related degree is certainly beneficial.
Median Annual Wage: $20,170
2. Biomedical Engineers
Today’s Biomedical Engineers have their hands full analyzing problems in biology and medicine and devising solutions to improve healthcare for everyone. As healthcare technology improves the need for qualified biomed engineers grows, making this a great choice for those who want to combine an interest in healthcare and problem solving without treating patients directly.
Median Annual Wage: $81,540
3. Brick masons/Stonemasons/Carpenter Helpers
With the economy stabilizing there is a growing need for skilled construction workers and helpers such as masons and carpenter helpers to complete basic tasks on the jobsite. While this is an entry level position, it is one that can be parlayed into a long term trade with additional education and on the job training.
Median Annual Wage: $28,410
4. Veterinary Technician
Vet techs are the backbone of the veterinary industry, assisting veterinarians by performing medical tests and administering medication to pets in veterinary hospitals. They may work long hours and have jobs that are physically and emotionally demanding since they are often working with beloved family pets. Veterinary technicians must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, complete a credentialing exam, and be licensed and registered in the state in which they will work.
Median Annual Wage: $29,710
5. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
Another fast growing construction job, Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers install mesh, steel bars, and cables in concrete to reinforce the structure of buildings. Although this physically demanding job is traditionally an entry level position, there has been a move toward employers requiring the workers to have completed an apprenticeship in the field.
Median Annual Wage: $38,430
To get more information about these careers or see which other careers are predicted to be on the rise, visit http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_103.htm. You may find a great new career, or a reason to return to schooland improve the one you already have!