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Job Fields with Most Anticipated Need

The following job categories represent some of the largest types of jobs that will be available in the coming decade. This table also provides information about typical job growth, earning abilities and educational requirements for each type of job.

Job Jobs added 2008-2018 Median annual income estimate Most significant source of education Total job openings from growth and replacement needs
Biomedical engineers 11,600 Very high Bachelor's degree 14,900
Network systems and data communications analysts 155,800 Very high Bachelor's degree 208,300
Home health aides 460,900 Very low Short-term on-the-job training 552,700
Personal and home care aides 375,800 Very low Short-term on-the-job training 477,800
Financial examiners 11,100 Very high Bachelor's degree 16,000
Medical scientists 44,200 Very high Doctoral degree 66,200
Physician assistants 29,200 Very high Master's degree 67,900
Skin care specialists 14,700 Low Post-secondary vocational award 42,800
Biochemists and biophysicists 8,700 Very high Doctoral degree 20,300
Athletic trainers 6,000 High Bachelor's degree 16,200
Physical therapist aides 16,700 Low Short-term on-the-job training 11,500
Dental hygienists 62,900 Very high Associate degree 23,400
Veterinary technologists and technicians 28,500 Low Associate degree 98,400
Dental assistants 105,600 Low Moderate on-the-job training 48,500
Computer software engineers, applications 175,100 Very high Bachelor's degree 161,000
Medical assistants 163,900 Low Moderate on-the-job training 53,800
Physical therapists assistants 21,200 High Associate degree 218,400
Veterinarians 19,700 Very high First professional degree 217,800
Self enrichment education teachers 81,300 High Work experience in a related occupation 69,100
Compliance officers (except agriculture, construction, health and safety, transportation) 80,800 High Long-term on-the-job training 30,500
Occupational therapist aides 2,400 Low Short-term on-the-job training 30,200
Environmental engineers 16,600 Very high Bachelor's degree 371,700
Pharmacy technicians 99,800 Low Moderate on-the-job training 120,300
Computer software engineers, systems software 120,200 Very high Bachelor's degree 108,500
Survey researchers 7,100 High Bachelor's degree 3,500
Physical therapists 56,200 Very high Master's degree 27,900
Personal financial advisors 62,800 Very high Bachelor's degree 182,000
Environmental engineering technicians 6,400 High Associate degree 153,400
Occupational therapist assistants 7,900 High Associate degree 13,400
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 76,800 Low Post-secondary vocational award 78,600

*Data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor

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