The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released employment projections for the next ten years and when it comes to job growth, healthcare is the way to go.
Healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest growth and add the most jobs through 2024, BLS reported on Tuesday.
This is something that’s been on the horizon for a while as the population gets older and the labor force begins to shrink. Healthcare support occupations, healthcare practitioners, along with technical operations, are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups accounting for 1 in 4 new jobs in the next decade.
These are not healthcare jobs that require years of medical school. While the highest paying jobs in healthcare require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, quite a few have educational requirements of bachelor’s degree or less.
Here’s a look at the fastest growing occupations, the annual median salary and educational requirements:
- Wind turbine service technicians Salary: $48,800 Education: Some college, no degree
- Occupational therapy assistants Salary: $56,950 Education: Associate’s degree
- Physical therapist assistants Salary: $54,410 Education: Associate’s degree
- Physical therapist aides Salary: $24,650 Education: High school diploma or equivalent
- Home health aides Salary: $21,380 Education: No formal educational credential
- Commercial divers Salary: $45,890 Education: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Nurse practitioners Salary: $95,350 Education: Master’s degree
- Physical therapists Salary: $ 82,390 Education: Doctoral or professional degree
- Statisticians Salary: $79,990 Education: Master’s degree
- Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians Salary: $24,080 Education: High school diploma or equivalent
- Occupational therapy aides Salary: $26,550 Education: school diploma or equivalent
- Physician assistants Salary: $95,820 Education: Master’s degree
- Operations research analysts Salary: $76,660 Education: Bachelor’s degree
- Personal financial advisors Salary: $81,060 Education: Bachelor’s degree
- Cartographers and photogrammetrists Salary: $60,930 Education: Bachelor’s degree