If you have one of these five jobs, or thinking about transitioning to one, you’re in luck – these are projected to be the fast-growing jobs in 2016 (based on 2006 employment numbers):
5. Veterinary technologists and technicians
Projected increase in 2016: 41%
Median pay in 2012: $31,760
Job outlook: Since most people think of pets as part of the family, and more people have pets these days, there will continue to be an increase in demand for specialized veterinary services.
Education: You can enter the field in one of two ways – with a two-year associate’s degree from a community college veterinary tech program, or a four-year bachelor’s degree.
4. Computer applications, software engineers
Projected increase in 2016: 44.6%
Number employed in 2006: 507,000
Median pay in 2012: $96,260
Job outlook: Businesses are seeking to become more efficient and up-to-date with emerging technology, so computer networking industry will grow as a result.
Education: Education/training requirements vary depending on the job. In 2006, the majority of workers had at a bachelor’s degree or higher.
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3. Home health aides
Projected increase in 2016: 48.7%
Number employed in 2006: 787,000
Median pay in 2012: $20,820
Job outlook: People are living longer these days, and with the growing pressure on hospitals to reduce costs and send patients home sooner, the home healthcare industry will continue to see a demand for home health aides.
Education: Since most of the training comes from being on the job, home healthcare aides are not required to have a college degree or high school degree. Some employers may require classroom training, workshops or lectures, and some require passing a standardized test.
2. Personal and home care aides
Projected increase in 2016: 50.6%
Number employed in 2006: 767,000
Median pay in 2012: $20,990
Job outlook: With the growing elderly population, there is a projected rise in the demand for personal or home care aides as the elderly are increasingly relying on home care.
Education: Like home health aides, personal and home care aides can learn the position with on-the-job training, and some states require training from vocational schools, healthcare agencies, or community colleges.
1. Network Systems and data communications analysts
Projected increase in 2016: 53.4%
Number employed in 2006: 262,000
Median pay in 2012: $72,560
Job outlook: Businesses are increasingly relying on technology for their day-to-day operations and to stay ahead of the competition. More professionals are needed to set up and monitor the efficiency of these systems.
Education: Entry-level jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and some employers require a postsecondary certificate. Employers view relevant work experience as a huge plus.
(Related: Top 5 Jobs in Tech)
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